Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com
Panasonic unveiled its DVDBurnerII, the company's next-generation combination DVD/CD drive that promises to take the confusion out of buying a Recordable DVD drive. Meeting DVD Multi specifications, the new DVD Multi drive builds on the success of Panasonic's DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner by extending the drive's capabilities to include read/write support for all Recordable DVD formats approved by the DVD Forum and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs. In addition, the company says that its DVDBurnerII will offer higher write speeds, faster playback, broad compatibility and the convenience of being able to switch between formats and capacities.
With read/write support for all DVD Forum recordable DVD specifications and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs, Panasonic's DVDBurnerII should have broad appeal among consumers, businesses and professionals.
When writing to a 4.7GB DVD-R General disc, the new drive promises to achieve speeds of up to 2x, with DVD-R playback at 6x. With huge storage capacity, reliable data management and rewritability up to 100,000 times, DVD-RAM discs should be suited for PC applications. The discs' write speed is 2x, equivalent to at least 18x CD rate. Smaller files can be stored on low-cost 650MB CD-Rs at up to 12x speed or on CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed. CD playback is at 32x. To ensure error-free CD recording, Panasonic's new multifunction drive includes buffer under-run technology.
Availability and Pricing
The Panasonic brand DVDBurnerII drives will begin shipping in October 2002 and, like the continuing DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner, will be available for resale at retail or OEM applications. The Panasonic brand DVD BurnerII drive for retail sale will be priced at less than $500. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.panasonic.com.