Sony Electronics on Monday unveiled its new
ProDATA optical drives, which let users burn up to 23GB of data onto a single-sided optical disc using a blue laser-equipped drive. The drives, which will ship in June, can transfer data at up to 9MB/sec write speed and 11MB/sec read speed. Aimed at the professional storage and archive market, the new ProDATA drives are available in an internal SCSI configuration for $2,995, or either an external SCSI or USB 2.0 configuration for $3,299. The drives ship with Software Architect’s Disk Drive TuneUp for Mac and Windows. Discs cost $45 each, in either write-once or rewriteable versions.