Reprinted from a Sony press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sony Electronics today introduced two USB 2.0 CD-RW drives, adding to its impressive line-up of optical storage products. The new offerings include a high-speed 40X/12X/48X external drive, as well as an ultra-slim, portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM combo drive with a maximum write speed of 24X and a Memory Stick media slot.

Sony’s CRX1950U 40X drive is one of the fastest external drives on the market, enabling users to create a full CD-R disc in about three minutes. Complete with software for both PC and Mac(R) system users and Power-Burn conformed buffer under-run technology, the drive offers a quick and reliable solution for those looking to record digital audio, video and data onto CDs.

The sleek and lightweight design of Sony’s new portable combo drive, the CRXP-90MU, is ideal for mobile computer users. With a 24X maximum write speed, a full suite of software for creating custom CDs and Sony’s Power-Burn technology to prevent buffer under-run and writing errors, the drive is an ideal all-in-one solution for CD recording and DVD-ROM playback. In addition, the drive’s Memory Stick media slot allows consumers to seamlessly transfer digital content onto a CD-R/RW disc from dozens of different electronics devices, including digital cameras, handheld devices and personal computers.

“By introducing these two new USB 2.0 drives, Sony continues to offer its customers a broad range of options for CD-RW recording,” said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager of the branded storage product management group for Sony Electronics’ Information Technology product department. “For users who demand exceptional performance and the convenience of plug-and-play connectivity, Sony’s new USB 2.0 drives are the perfect solution for CD recording.”

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Sony USB 2.0 40X CD-RW drive (CRX190U) is available now and the USB 2.0 24X portable combo drive (CRXP-M90U) will be available in July with estimated U.S. retail prices of $179 and $299, respectively. Sony CD-RW drives are available through resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and online shopping sites including SonyStyle.com. Sony supports “worry-free” installation and easy operation with toll-free customer and technical service, Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, along with a one-year limited warranty from original date of purchase.

Key Specifications

Sony CD-RW USB 2.0 External Drive CRX1950U

— USB 2.0 External Interface
— USB 1.1 compatible with sustained read speed of up to 6X and write
speed up to 4X
— 40X P-CAV recording (CD-R), 12X recording (CD-RW), 48X (max.) reading
— Software bundle includes the following:
— B’s Recorder Gold, lets users create back-up copies of CDs as well
as customized video, music and data CDs from various file formats
— B’s Clip, allows users to drag and drop files and folders to a CD-RW
disc as easily as to a floppy disk or hard drive
— Drive dimensions: 6.5 x 2.1 x 9.7 inches (W x H x L)
— Platform support: Windows 98SE/2000/Millenium Edition and Windows XP
operating system OR Mac OS 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2.1
— Maximum data transfer rate: 480Mbit/s
— Random access time: 100 ms (ave.)
— Buffer memory: 2MB
— Recording method: disc at once, track at once, session at once, fixed
and variable packet writing
— Compatible disc format: CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD
TEXT, CD Extra and others
— Availability – June 2002
— ESP – $179

Sony Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo Drive with USB 2.0 Interface CRXP-90MU

— USB 2.0 External Interface
— USB 1.1 compatible with sustained read speed of up to 6X and write
speed up to 4X
— 24X Z-CLV recording (CD-R), 10X recording (CD-RW), 24X (max.) reading
(CD-ROM), 8X (max) reading (DVD-ROM)
— Software bundle includes the following:
— B’s Recorder Gold, lets users create back-up copies of CDs as well
as customized video, music and data CDs from various file formats
— B’s Clip, allows users to drag and drop files and folders to a CD-RW
disc as easily as to a floppy disk or hard drive
— Retrospect Express, full-featured back-up software that provides
users with instant back-up and disaster recovery capabilities
— ArcSoft PhotoBase, allows users to create image, video and audio
albums for easy management; share files in the form of slide shows,
Web presentations or video postcards; and to store multimedia files
on CDs
— ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000, lets users edit digital images with a
wide selection of special effects and enhancements
— ArcSoft VideoImpression, offers a quick and easy way to create
and edit videos and image files, as well as make desktop video
productions for home, office or the Internet
— MUSICMATCH Jukebox, offers users a complete personal system to
play, record, organize and discover new music through MUSICMATCH
Radio

— Drive dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 5.3 inches (W x H x L)
— Platform support: Windows 98SE/2000/Millenium Edition and Windows
XP operating system OR Mac OS 9.0.4, 9.1, 9.2.1
— Maximum data transfer rate: 480Mbit/s
— Random access time: 160 ms (ave.)
— Buffer memory: 8MB
— Recording method: disc at once, track at once, session at once, fixed
and variable packet writing
— Compatible disc format: CD-DA, Video CD, Photo CD (multisession), CD
TEXT, CD Extra and others
— Availability – July 2002
— ESP – $299

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