Cirrus Logic heeft een nieuwe CD-RW coder/decoder aangekondigd die compatible is met de nieuwe Double Density CD specificatie van Sony en Philips. De controller leest 1,3GB DDCD's op 48-voudige snelheid en schrijft op 16-speed!
Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced a new CD-RW drive device that offers twice the storage capacity of current solutions. This new double-density encoder/decoder, designated the CR3490, makes it possible to store 1.3 gigabytes of data on a single CD-RW disc, and boasts the industry’s fastest write (16x) and read (48x) speeds. Cirrus Logic was the first company to deliver a device capable of those speeds and now offers the first device that will meet the new Double-Density CD-ROM/-R/-RW (or DDCD) specification from Sony and Philips when it is finalized.
With more than 10 million CD-RW devices shipped to date, Cirrus Logic holds 35 percent of the burgeoning CD-RW drive market and continues to be the technology and performance leader. This market is already making its way, as a standard feature, into high- and medium-end OEM PCs and is expected to be the removable storage drive of choice, replacing the floppy.
According to Mary Craig at industry research firm Dataquest, “CD-RW will be the dominant, re-writeable, high-capacity removable storage device on personal computers (PCs) by the middle of this decade.”
With 1.3 gigabytes of storage, consumers will be able to store twice the number of compressed audio files or family photographs and can back up more conventional data on a single CD, an affordable medium that is reusable many times over. In the drive market, where high speeds are imperative, Cirrus Logic is the proven speed leader.
[...] The explosion of Internet entertainment is just one example of the increasing demand for storage capacity. Notably, 1.3 gigabytes translates into 60 minutes of real-time video, or 144 minutes of real-time audio, which translates into more than 500 MP3, or 1,000 WMA Internet audio files on a single, removable CD.