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Yamaha Introduces the First CD-R/RW With 8X RW Capability

May 08, 2020 | Yamaha Corporation of America has introduced its CRW8824 series of internal and external CD-R/RW drives, the first CD recordable drives to include 8X CD-RW capability--twice as fast as any drive in use today. The new models feature the Pure Phase laser system, an anti-glare technology that helps to improve reliability when recording CDs at high speeds. The drives feature 8X write, 8X rewrite, and 24X max read speeds. The CRW8824 series makes use of Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) technology, as opposed to the traditional Constant Linear Velocity (CLV), which means that the drives achieve the 8X RW speed by writing at different speeds at different points on the disc, varying from 4X at the hub to 8X at the outer edge. The drives will feature four models, the internal SCSI-3 CRW8824SZ, the internal ATAPI CRW8824EZ, the external Ultra-SCSI CRW8824SXZ, and the external FireWire CRW8824FXZ. Yamaha's CRW8824SZ will be available at an estimated street price of $299.99. For 8X rewriting, the drive will use special 8X CAV media that will become available at a slightly higher price than 4X media when the drive ships in May.

(Yamaha Corporation of America, Consumer Products Division, 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620; 714/522-9011; Fax 714/228-3913; http://www.yamaha.com)

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