||Panasonic Introduces Branded Combination DVD-RAM/R Drive-DVDBurner(TM) - For Consumers
SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic announced today that it
is shipping the industry's first combination DVD-RAM/R branded drive for
Panasonic's DVDBurner(TM) is a major breakthrough both in
DVD storage flexibility and media interchangeability.
This branded drive includes DVD video recording/editing software, and is
backed by a one-year Panasonic warranty.
With a suggested retail price under
$600 (for the ATAPI internal version), the drive delivers on the Panasonic
commitment to provide customers with a single, cost-effective solution for
home video, personal computing and business storage/archiving, as well as
development and testing of DVD masters.
In addition to reading from and writing to both DVD-RAM (rewritable) and
DVD-R (write-once) discs, the multifunction DVDBurner provides the
functionality of the DVD Forum specifications for DVD-RAM and DVD-R General,
including maximum compatibility with DVD video players, recorders and DVD-ROM
The versatile new drive leverages Panasonic's 15 years of experience
in high-density, phase-change-type recording/reading technology, and builds on
its nearly three-year track record of delivering highly reliable, rewritable
DVD drives and media with hard disk-like random access.
By switching between 650 nanometer (nm) and 780 nm wavelength laser
strengths and one objective lens, the DVDBurner offers a wide range of media
With the ability to write to and read from general-
purpose 4.7GB DVD-R discs and 2.6GB/5.2GB to 4.7GB/9.4GB DVD-RAM discs, the
drive provides the familiarity of CD-R/RW.
The difference is that DVD
provides at least seven times the capacity of 25-year-old CD technology, plus
video and audio capabilities that cannot be matched by CD formats.
features, such as the ability to play back DVD video, DVD-ROM and DVD-R discs;
and 24X CD media read performance, make the drive exceptionally
Using 4.7GB DVD-R General media, the Panasonic DVDBurner provides a
transfer rate of up to 11.08 Mbps, equivalent to about nine times the transfer
rate of CD-ROM's 1X speed. The 22.16 Mbps transfer rate for 4.7GB DVD-RAM
translates to an 18X CD data rate.
Seek times are 75ms for DVD-RAM and 65ms
for DVD-R, DVD-ROM and CD media.
"Our new DVDBurner gives businesses and consumers, as well as content
developers, the best of both worlds,'' said Charles Vidal, Panasonic Digital
Imaging Solutions Company marketing manager for storage products, printers,
scanners and electronic whiteboards.
"For the first time, they can have an
all-in-one DVD storage solution that provides the security of write-once and
the flexibility of rewritable.''
According to Vidal, a single drive can be used for high-capacity,
removable storage; personal computing and home movies; corporate and
professional video authoring/editing; low-cost content distribution; system
backup; document, data and image archiving; as well as video playback.
The write-once DVD-R General technology incorporated in Panasonic's new
drive will provide businesses, banks, insurance companies, law firms, medical
facilities and government agencies with a high degree of security for
recording and archiving large volumes of information, because it is extremely
difficult for the data to be accidentally or maliciously altered.
addition, because DVD-R discs can be played back by the existing installed
base of most DVD video players, recorders and drives in use throughout the
world, content can be recorded on the disc, removed from the drive and shared
Often described as the bridge between business and home applications,
DVD-RAM combines the ease of use and random access of a hard drive with more
than 100,000 write/ rewrite cycles and ultra-reliability.
With the random
access capabilities, users have almost instant access to any file or a very
small (2Kb) specific video frame for editing and playback.
and random access of DVD-RAM also make it an excellent storage device for
backup and fast recovery.
By offering DVD Forum approved
DVD-RAM and DVD-R technologies, the DVD
Burner will appeal to consumers, businesses and professionals who want the
ideal DVD solution for applications ranging from home movie authoring and
editing, to PC and enterprise data storage and image archiving.
Panasonic's LF-D321U DVDBurner will ship with drivers, and six software
titles offering a complete DVD video and data storage solution in one box.
Included are FileSafe backup software, MediaSafe DVD-RAM disc copying
software, DVD-MovieAlbum for video recording and editing on DVD-RAM, MotionDV
Studio for editing of digital video, DVDit for DVD-R video editing and
recording and WinDVD player for PC DVD video viewing.
In the United States, Panasonic Digital Imaging Solutions Company, a
business unit of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, markets a broad
line of computer peripherals and office system products.
include scanners, electronic whiteboards, CD-ROM and rewritable drives, color
laser printers, impact printers and DVD drives. Headquartered in Secaucus, NJ,
Matsushita Electric Corporation of America is the principal North American
subsidiary of Japan-based Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC - news).
For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com.
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