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LaCie Offers Cross-platform Support with New CD-RW Drive

(January 09, 2002)
LaCie announced today a 32x10x40x CD-RW drive that can burn a full 700MB CD in about 2-1/2 minutes. Showcased at LaCie's Macworld Booth No. 1443, the new external drive features a unique combination of three laser technologies that bring it very close to the theoretical speed limit for writing to CD-Rs.

The same drive can be used to rewrite CD-RW discs at 1.5 MB/s (10x) -- the industry's highest rewriting speed. The 40x read performance speeds retrieval of very large files and helps save time with any disc-intensive application.

For added convenience, the drive includes LaCie's "U&I" (FireWire and USB 2.0) dual support -- 400 Mbps FireWire and 480 Mbps USB 2.0 interfaces that allow users to connect, remove or swap the drive without having to restart the computer. USB 2.0 is fully compliant and backward compatible with the industry-standard USB 1.1.

In addition, users no longer have to worry about the reliability of their system or about bringing other computer activities to a standstill while recording a CD. The LaCie 32x CD-RW drive incorporates "BURN-Proof(TM) (Buffer Under RuN) technology that eliminates the possibility of buffer under-runs and ensures error-free recording at 32x speeds, even when lower-performance personal computers are used. Unlike passive drives, which are still common on the market, the LaCie 32x CD-RW drive automatically adapts its speed to system throughput.

A revolution in the use of CD-rewriters, the BURN-Proof technology also allows users to burn CDs in the background while working on other applications.

"With the LaCie 32x CD-RW drive, the market enters a new era with a generation of extremely fast and yet very reliable drives. The 32X recording speed and reliability of this drive, a combination that was unthinkable just a year ago, can only be achieved through innovations like the BURN-proof system or the Tri-laser combination," explained Frederic Albinet, LaCie's CD Product Manager. "But it's all transparent to the user, everything is automatic. Today's consumers are primarily concerned with saving time and convenience. The new LaCie 32x CD-RW is the ideal solution for professionals or anyone who cannot afford to waste precious time with a slow process, failed operations or a lengthy set-up."

Unique Tri-laser Combination

The tri-laser technique, the most recent innovation in the CD-recording industry, helps the LaCie 32x CD-RW drive make the most of the interface throughput to maximize speed performance. The three-laser pick-up technologies -- Constant Angular Velocity (CAV), Zoned Constant Linear Velocity (Z-CLV) and standard Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) -- combine to improve media access when recording (Z-CLV and CLV) or reading (CAV).

LaCie's 32x10x40x CD-RW drive can be used with most CD-R and CD-RW media, including LaCie 700MB/80-minute CD-R discs. When a 16x, 24x or 32x CD-R media is used, the quality will be checked by the drive so that the media can be burned at the maximum speed when possible. If media is not high speed-capable, the drive will automatically downshift to a lower recording speed.

Availability and Pricing

The LaCie U&I 32x10x40x CD-RW is available now at an estimated street price of $269. The price includes all cables, manuals, three blank CD-R discs, LaCie CD Recording Utilities software and a one-year warranty.

The LaCie CD Recording Utilities software package includes all the necessary software on a single CD-ROM: Adaptec Toast Lite (with BURN-Proof support) for Macintosh systems and Adaptec Easy CD Creator for Windows 98SE/NT/2000/ME. With the release of Linux 2.4, FireWire is supported in the Linux operating system. Other Linux users may download CD-burning software from the Internet.

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