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LaCie today unveiled the 32x10x40 CDRW, boosting its FireWire and USB2 ranges with a CD-RW drive that can burn a full 650MB CD in about 2minutes. The new external drive features a unique combination of three laser technologies that brings the theoretical speed limit for writing on CD-Rs within reach. 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 up retrieval of very large files and helps save time with any disc-intensive application.
The LaCie 32x CDRW incorporates the acclaimed 'BURN-Proof' (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 CDRW 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.
Adding to the convenience of the drive, both 400 Mbps FireWire and 415 Mbps USB 2.0 interfaces let users connect, remove or swap the drive without having to restart the computer. USB 2.0 is fully compliant and compatible with the industry-standard USB 1.
'The CDRW market enters a new era with a generation of extremely fast and reliable drives. Performance such as a 32X recording speed, unthinkable just a year ago, can only be achieved through innovations like the Burn-proof system or the Tri-laser combination.' explained George Leptos, UK General Manager, LaCie. 'But it's all transparent to the user, everything is automatic. Today's consumers are primarily concerned with timesaving and convenience. The new LaCie 32x CDRW is simply the perfect tool for professional users, who do not want to lose time with a slow process, failed operations and a lengthy set-up.'
Unique tri-laser combination
The most recent innovation in the CD-recording industry, the tri-laser technique helps the LaCie 32x CDRW to make the most of the interface throughput to maximise 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 either when recording (Z-CLV and CLV) or reading (CAV).
LaCie's 32x10x40x CD-RW can be used with most types of CD-R and CD-RW media, including the new 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 lower recording speed.
LaCie CD Recording Utilities
The LaCie CD Recording Utilities software package includes all the necessary software on a single CD-ROM: Adaptec Toast Lite v5 (with BURN-Proof support) for Macintosh systems and Adaptec Easy CD Creator v5 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 X-CD--Roast from the Internet.
Availability and pricing
The LaCie 32x10x40x CD-RW is available through LaCie accredited resellers and mail order partners at an estimated street price of 233 for the USB2 CDRW and 257 for the FireWire CDRW. The price includes all cables, manuals, one blank CDR disc, one blank CDRW disc, LaCie CD Recording Utilities software and one-year warranty.