Storage peripheral maker
has announced the availability of a new external DVD-RAM/R drive equipped with FireWire connectivity. LaCie said the drive features the company’s new two-chip single firmware FireWire interface.
The combo drive is compatible with both rand-access 4.7GB DVD-RAM media and 4.7GB DVD-R General media. Working with DVD-RAM discs, the drive transfers data at up to 22.16Mbps. With DVD-R General media, the drive operates at up to 11.08Mbps. Seek times are 75ms and 65ms respectively form DVD-R, DVD-ROM or CD media.
The drive can read and write 2.6GB, 5.2GB, 4.7GB and 9.4GB DVD-RAM media, and also supports CD-ROM, CD Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD, as well as DVD-R and DVD-ROM formats. Because it supports DVD-R General media, the drive can produce discs that can be played back on conventional DVD-ROM players, much like Apple’s “SuperDrive.”
LaCie president Scott Phillips suggested that the new DVD-RAM/R drive meets the needs of professional graphics and video production people. “With a single drive, they have high-capacity, removable storage and a choice of rewritability with hard drive-like random access, or secure write-once media that can easily shared,” said Phillips.
Look for the new drive in stores now for US$689. The drive ships with cables, Mac software, a 4.7GB DVD-R General disc and a 4.7GB DVD-RAM disc. LaCie also sells 4.7GB DVD-R General discs for $12, 4.7GB DVD-RAM discs for $25, and 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM media for $45.