Sony Debuts Four Multi-Format DVD/CD Rewritable Drives

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics today
 unveiled its fall line-up of DVD/CD burners, featuring three designs and
 four configurations packed with high performance and multiple format
 compatibility.
     Based on Sony's 12th generation of optical storage technology
 innovation, the new 830 series of multi-format DVD burners support all of
 the industry's leading recording formats in just one drive. Enabling the
 industry's fastest 18X DVD +/- R recording speed, the 830 burners deliver a
 full 4.7 GB of video, data, music or images on standard 16X DVD +/- R media
 in about five minutes.
     The internal DRU-830A drive and external DRX-830U burner come bundled
 with the new Nero(R) 7 software suite, a feature-rich package for burning,
 authoring and editing home movies, creating digital scrapbooks and backing
 up critical data. The external DRX-830UL-T drive is designed for dual
 Macintosh and Windows platform support. It also includes Roxio(R) Toast 6
 Lite software in the box.
     For those looking for a space-saving burner to complement their
 notebook or desktop PCs, Sony's DRX-S50U drive offers all the advantages of
 a high-speed DVD/CD burner in a slim external design. This drive also comes
 with the Nero 7 software suite, including DVD authoring, video editing,
 photo retouch and disc label creation.
     All four new burners support both dual and double layer formats. They
 also support CD-R/RW recording, eliminating the need for a separate CD
 burner.
     "Our customers have continuously shared with us that when it comes to
 DVD burning, they value choice and using the DVD media that best suits
 their specific needs," said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded
 storage products in Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "Our
 multi-format drives are designed to bring ease and flexibility to users so
 they can reap the benefits of a host of DVD and CD burning options."
     The 830 series features 18X DVD +/- R, 8X DVD +/- R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X
 DVD- RW, 12X DVD-RAM for data backup, 48X CD-R, 32X CD-RW recording.
     DeMoulin said they are designed at the optimum price/performance level
 for consumers who want to store and share home movies, digital photos and
 music; businesses deploying DVD video-based training and sharing large
 files; and filmmakers creating prototypes on recordable/rewritable DVD
 discs before proceeding with mass replication.
     The internal DRU-830A drive comes with an ATAPI interface for easy
 installation inside a PC, and it includes a black replacement bezel for
 matching to black-colored PC cases. The external DRX-830U drive features a
 space-efficient vertical design and offers connectivity with hi-speed USB
 (USB 2.0) digital interface for simple setup. The external DRX-830UL-T
 drive sports dual i.LINK (FireWire/IEEE-1394 compatible) and hi-speed USB
 (USB 2.0) digital interfaces for fast and easy installation on a Macintosh
 or a PC.
     The slim external DRX-S50U burner supports 8X DVD +/- R, 4X DVD +/- R
 DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, and 24X CD-R/RW. It also comes with the hi-speed
 USB interface for maximum flexibility.
     Availability and Pricing
     The internal DRU-830A drive is shipping now for about $70 after a $20
 mail-in rebate; the external DRX-830U burner is expected to ship in October
 for around $100 after a $30 mail-in rebate; the external DRX-830UL-T burner
 will be available in December for about $120 after a $30 mail-in rebate.
 The DRX-S50U drive will be available in October for about $130.
     Sony DVD/CD rewritable drives are sold direct online through
 sonystyle.com and at Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail) in
 fashion malls around the country. They are also available from authorized
 resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and select online
 shopping sites.
     Sony supports what it calls "worry-free" installation, along with easy
 operation in addition to toll-free customer and technical service, Monday
 through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. central time. The company also
 provides a one-year limited warranty from the original date of purchase.
     Specification for Sony's New 830 Series of Multi-Format DVD Drives and
 Sony's New DRX-S50U
     Sony DRU-830A DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
     * ATAPI (EIDE) internal interface
     * DVD-R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD-R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RW:  6X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD+R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+RW:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RAM:  12X P-CAV (max.) writing
       CD-R:  48X CAV (max.) writing
       CD-RW:  32X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-ROM:  16X (max.) reading
       CD-ROM:  48X (max.) reading
     * Dimensions:  5.75 x 1.63 x 7.0 inches -- excluding bezel (W x H x L)
     * Compatible with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP/Windows 2000
     * Burst data transfer rate:  66.6 MB/s max. Ultra DMA Mode 4
     * Random access time:  130 ms (CD-ROM), 140 ms (DVD-ROM)
     * Buffer memory:  2 MB
     * Buffer under-run error protection technology:  Sony Power-Burn(TM)
       conformed (CD writing only)
     * Recording method (CD): Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once,
       Packet Writing (DVD):  Random Access Write (DVD+RW/DVD-RW/CD-RW),
       Sequential Write (DVD+R/+R DL/+RW, DVD-R/-RW/CD-R/RW)
     * Compatible disc format:  DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD+RW,
       DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multi-session),
       CD TEXT, CD Extra, and others
 
     Sony DRX-830U DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
     * Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
     * Full Speed USB (USB1.1) compatible with lower write/read performance
     * DVD-R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD-R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RW:  6X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD+R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+RW:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RAM:  12X P-CAV (max.) writing
       CD-R:  48X CAV (max.) writing
       CD-RW:  32X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-ROM:  16X (max.) reading
       CD-ROM:  48X (max.) reading
     * Dimensions:  2.0 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches  (W x H x L)
     * DRX-830U: Compatible with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP/Windows 2000
     * Burst data transfer rate:  480Mbit/sec. max.
     * Random access time:  130 ms (CD-ROM), 140 ms (DVD-ROM)
     * Buffer memory:  2 MB
     * Buffer under-run error protection technology:  Sony Power-Burn conformed
       (CD writing only)
     * Recording method (CD):  Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once,
       Packet Writing (DVD):  Random Access Write (DVD+RW/DVD-RW/CD-RW),
       Sequential Write (DVD+R/+R DL/+RW, DVD-R/-RW/CD-R/RW)
     * Compatible disc format:  DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD+RW,
       DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multi-session),
       CD TEXT, CD Extra, and others
 
     Sony DRX-830UL-T DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
     * Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) and i.LINK(R) external interfaces
     * Full Speed USB (USB1.1) compatible with lower write/read performance
     * DVD-R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD-R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RW:  6X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+R:  18X CAV (max.) writing
       DVD+R DL:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD+RW:  8X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-RAM:  12X P-CAV (max.) writing
       CD-R:  48X CAV (max.) writing
       CD-RW:  32X Z-CLV (max.) writing
       DVD-ROM:  16X (max.) reading
       CD-ROM:  48X (max.) reading
     * Dimensions:  2.0 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches  (W x H x L)
     * DRX-830UL-T: Compatible with MacOS 10.2 or later / Microsoft(R)
       Windows(R) XP/Windows 2000
     * Burst data transfer rate:  480Mbit/sec. max. (USB 2.0), 400Mbit/sec.
       max. (iLINK)
     * Random access time:  130 ms (CD-ROM), 140 ms (DVD-ROM)
     * Buffer memory:  2 MB
     * Buffer under-run error protection technology:  Sony Power-Burn conformed
       (CD writing only)
     * Recording method (CD):  Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once,
       Packet Writing (DVD):  Random Access Write (DVD+RW/DVD-RW/CD-RW),
       Sequential Write (DVD+R/+R DL/+RW, DVD-R/-RW/CD-R/RW)
     * Compatible disc format:  DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD+RW,
       DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multi-session),
       CD TEXT, CD Extra, and others
 
     Sony DRX-S50U DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
     * Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
     * Full Speed USB (USB1.1) compatible with lower write/read performance
     * DVD-R: 8X (max.) writing
       DVD-R DL: 4X (max.) writing
       DVD-RW:  6X (max.) writing
       DVD+R:  8X (max.) writing
       DVD+R DL:  4X (max.) writing
       DVD+RW:  8X (max.) writing
       DVD-RAM:  5X (max.) writing
       CD-R: 24X  (max.) writing
       CD-RW: 24X (max.) writing
       DVD-ROM:  8X (max.) reading
       CD-ROM: 24X  (max.) reading
     * Dimensions: 140 X 21 X 152 mm (W x H x L)
     * Compatible with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP / Windows 2000
     * Burst data transfer rate:  480 M bits/s
     * Random access time:  24X CAV read
     * Buffer memory: 2 MB
     * Buffer under-run error protection technology:  Sony Power-Burn conformed
       (CD writing only)
     * Recording method (CD):  Disc at Once, Track at Once, Session at Once,
       Packet Writing (DVD):  Random Access Write (DVD+RW/DVD-RW/CD-RW),
       Sequential Write (DVD+R/+R DL/+RW, DVD-R/-RW/CD-R/RW)
     * Compatible disc format:  DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD+RW,
       DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-ROM, CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multi-session),
       CD TEXT, CD Extra, and others
     Editor's Note: For additional information about Sony Dual RW and
 CD-R/RW products, consumers can call (800) 352-7669, or visit Sony's web
 site at http://www.sony.com/dvdburners. Product information and images for
 the press can also be found on Sony's news and information web site at
 http://www.sony.com/news.
      Contact:  Elizabeth Boukis
                Sony Electronics Inc.
                (408) 955-5616
                elizabeth.boukis@am.sony.com
 
                Kristin Hehir
                The Hoffman Agency
                (408) 975-3098
                khehir@hoffman.com
 
 

SOURCE Sony Electronics Inc.

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