Storage peripheral maker
LaCie is using this week’s ShowBiz Expo in Los Angeles to demonstrate its new FireWire-based DVD-R/CD-RW combo drive. The drive reads and writes CD-R and CD-RW discs, and also writes 4.7GB DVD-R General discs as well. LaCie plans to beginning shipping the drive early in June.
The drive records 4.7GB DVD-R General Use discs at 2x (2.6MBps), and provides 6x read performance for DVD-R, DVD-Video and DVD ROM discs. It’ll also burn CD-Rs at 8x speed and CD-RWs at 4x speed, and will read CDs at 24x.
DVD General media are playable on most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players, according to LaCie, making the drive useful for storing all sorts of content — audio, photos, documents, or theater-quality video.
The drive will go on sale in June with a suggested retail price of around US$999. The drive comes with an international power supply, three 80-min. CD-Rs, and one DVD-R disc as well. The drive also comes with the LaCie Recording Utilities CD package, which contains editing and authoring software for both Windows and Mac OS.
Update: In a conversation with MacCentral late this afternoon, LaCie spokesperson Guillaume Mazieres confirmed the mechanism is Pioneer’s DVR-A03. That’s the aftermarket version of the same drive Apple calls its “SuperDrive” — the DVR-103.
Mazieres explained that LaCie developed the FireWire interface and the software bundle to support the drive, but the core optical drive technology is fundamentally the same as Apple’s DVD-R system.