Toshiba intros CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive
This month, Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) began volume shipments of the SD-R1002, the first CD-RW/DVD-ROM combination drive. The drive writes at 4x speeds for CD-R and CD-RW, while reading (or playing back) at 24x for CD-ROM and 4x for the DVD-ROM format.
The SD-R1002 combines CD-RW and DVD-ROM lasers and LSIs, as well as a combination pickup head. The half-height, ATAPI-interface drive is designed to fit into standard desktop drive bays. TAEC will sell the combo drive primarily to VARs, system integrators and distributors. The drive kit also includes supporting hardware and software. Suggested list price for the kit is less than $400.
Last month, TAEC also rolled out the XM-7102 32X CD-ROM drive and its SD-C2302 6X DVD-ROM model. Designed for laptop environments, the XM-7102 has a 12.7mm form factor while offering transfer rates of up to 4.8MBps. Equipped with an ATAPI interface, the XM-7102 provides a 90ms average random access time.
The SD-C2302 maintains transfer rates of up to 8,112KBps for DVD media and 3.6MBps for CD media. It has random access times of 130msec for DVD and 95ms for CD-ROM. The SD-C2302 supports synchronous burst transfers of 16.7MBps under DMA multi-word Mode-2 and PIO Mode 4. The drive also features a 128KB buffer. The XM-7102 and SD-C2302 will be sold primarily through PC OEMs.