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Volume 18, Issue 1 — January 2001
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Pioneer Announces Industry’s First Combination DVD-Recordable/Re-Recordable Drive

Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. has announced the development of what it says is the world’s first combination recordable DVD/CD drive for PC use. The third-generation drive reads and writes four recordable formats including DVD-R (write once), DVD-RW (re-recordable), CD-R, and CD-RW, and offers up to 4.7 GB of storage capacity per DVD side. In addition, the R-new drive is capable of recording DVD-R discs at twice normal speed (2x)—another industry first, according to the company. The new unit will begin shipping to the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) market during the first quarter of this year. 

The DVD-R and DVD-RW formats are members of the DVD Forum’s family of DVD specifications. DVD-R is a write-once format that is compatible with most DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives, and DVD-RW is a re-recordable format that allows users to record, erase, and rerecord their own DVD discs more than 1,000 times. 

“The driving force behind both DVD-and DVD-RW has always been compatibility with standard DVD playback systems,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president of product development and technical support at Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. “Pioneer believes that interchangeability between recorders and players is the most important attribute any recordable DVD format can offer, since the ability to use content in various places is the essence of a removable storage medium. And, by supporting multiple recordable DVD and CD formats in a single product, we believe users can now select the most appropriate medium for a given application without cluttering up their computer with several drives.” 

With its expected low cost and compact design, Pioneer’s DVD-R/RW drive targets digital video editing and archiving as its “killer application” as well as traditional data and digital image storage applications, according to the company. 

Source: Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc., Long Beach, CA, 310/952-2111;

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