Hitachi heeft de GF-2000 DVD-RAM aangekondigd. De drive kan schijfjes van 2,6 en 4,7Gb bakken en zal vanaf begin 2000 verkrijgbaar zijn, zo maakt men bekend in deze press release:
Digital Media Group of Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that it has completed the development of 4.7 gigabytes DVD-RAM drive (GF-2000) for PC applications, and samples will be ready to ship in January 2000.
High-speed communications networks are growing at an explosive rate, driven by the increased use of PCs, the rise of the Internet and the start of digital satellite broadcasting. DVD-RAM's high speed, large storage capacity and rewritability make it the medium of choice in a multimedia environment that integrates the PC with home audio/visual systems.
For rewritable data storage, the GF-2000 accommodates single- and double-sided DVD- RAM media, technology complying with the new DVD specifications approved by the DVD Forum's Steering Committee, providing a single-sided storage capacity of 4.7 gigabytes, and double that for a two-sided disc. The new drive will be shown at Comdex99, held in Las Vegas November 15-19.
In April 1998 Hitachi released a single-sided 2.6 gigabyte DVD-RAM drive, which has enjoyed good demand for PC and library system applications. The GF-2000 is the successor to that earlier drive. In addition to offering some 1.8 times the storage capacity of the 2.6 gigabyte drive, during writing operations the 4.7-gigabyte drive transfers data twice as fast.
Areas in which DVD-RAM drives are already being used include video, music, computers, and industrial equipment. With the higher storage capacity of 4.7 gigabytes and the compatibility with the video recording standard formulated by the DVD Forum, DVD is set to go beyond the PC. Future applications will include home DVD video recorders and DVD video cameras, and it will be possible to use PC DVD- RAM drives to play, edit and store videos taken with the home DVD video cameras. In all scenarios of the multimedia world of the future, DVD is thus expected to play a central role. As a leading manufacturer of DVD drives, Hitachi will continue to provide products that meet market needs.
Features of the GF-2000
- Complies with the 4.7 gigabyte rewritable DVD format standard
- Provides read- and write-compatibility with 2.6 gigabyte DVD-RAM discs
- Can play DVD-ROM, DVD-R and DVD-Video media
- Can play the various CD formats
Outline of Specifications
- Format 4.7GB DVD-RAM
- Laser wavelength 650 nm (DVD)/780 nm (CD)
- Writing rate 4.7GB DVD-RAM disc: 2.77 megabytes/sec 2.6GB DVD-RAM disc: 1.38 megabytes/sec
- Writable discs 4.7GB DVD-RAM 2.6GB DVD-RAM
- Readable discs DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-Video