Reprinted from a TDK press release:

GARDEN CITY, NY In a move that redefines CD burner performance, value and
functionality, TDK today announced the introduction of its 48X veloCD
ReWriter (Model number AI-481648)the world’s fastest CD burner. The new
veloCD internal ATAPI/EIDE drive comes with a versatile software suite
including utilities that make creating video slide shows and movies easier
and more fun than ever beforeand delivers unprecedented 48X read, write,
and audio ripping along with 24X rewrite speeds (upon media availability).


Randall Rosenbaum, TDK’s Product Manager noted: As CD burning and digital
photography have become well established among computer users, more and more
consumers are starting to create more complex projects like photo and video
CDs, which can then be played back in VCD compatible DVD players or DVD-ROM
drives. The new 48X veloCD makes creating
customized CD slide shows and movies super-easy and intuitiveit’s the
perfect burner for first-time users as well as experienced computer
enthusiasts.


Easy Video Slide Show and Movie Creation
The TDK 48X veloCD comes with Nero Express, the easiest to use software
package ever offered with a burner. Nero Express makes it a breeze to create
slide show discs of favorite photographs that can be played on virtually
any DVD player or DVD-ROM drivegiving users the power to produce compelling
photo presentations that the entire family can watch on TV. It is also ideal
for producing video CDs that can also be played on a DVD player or drive,
and features simple drag and drop operation and intuitive on-screen
graphics enable consumers to effortlessly arrange and assemble the images
and video clips they want to burn onto CD.


Like all veloCD burners, the latest drive also features a host of
multimedia, data and music software for total CD recording functionality,
such as TDK’s renowned Digital MixMaster software, which handles music
management and recording functions including CD and MP3 playback, digital
audio extraction (ripping), Internet-accessible track labeling, CD
recording, and playlist creation.

Advanced Technologies for Fast, Reliable CD Burning

The TDK 48X veloCD dramatically raises the bar in CD burning performance,
flexibility and ease of use. It’s remarkable 48X write speed enables a full
CD-R to be burned in less than two and a half minutes, and because veloCD
utilizes the Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) method of writing to disk,
unlike drives that use Constant Linear Velocity (CLV) technology, CD
recording performance is smoother, with less chance of write errors.


Standard CD burners typically write to a disc in a series of steps, where
the drive writes a section of the disc at one speed, then ramps up to a
faster speed for the next zone, and so on. While standard burners engage
buffer underrun protection during these steps, which can result in a
greater frequency of write errors, the 48X veloCD writes to disc in an
uninterrupted manner, for a smoother, continuous burn that virtually
eliminates CD write errors. As an added benefit, when recording discs that
contain smaller amounts of datawhich is typical of many recorded CDsthe
discs can be burned at a much faster rate compared to using a standard CD
drive.


The 48X veloCD sets a new standard in CD-RW burning speed as well. It will
deliver 24X rewrite speed, when media is available.


The TDK 48X Internal ATAPI/EIDE veloCD (Model number AI-481648) will be
available in July 2002 at a suggested retail price of $109. Underscoring its
increased flexibility, the TDK veloCD features bold, colorful new packaging
that highlights its digital video and photo CD capabilities and clearly
communicates its enhanced performance to retail customers.

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