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CDs to spin at 24X

Pioneer New Media Technologies and the Panasonic Computer Peripheral Company will soon begin shipping 24X CD-ROM drives to PC makers and retailers.

    Pioneer New Media Technologies (PIO) and the Panasonic Computer Peripheral Company (MC) said today in separate announcements that they will soon begin shipping 24X CD-ROM drives to PC manufacturers and retailers.

    Users needing to access large amounts of stored data stand to benefit most from the faster drives. The new drives spin CD-ROMs 24 times faster than the first CD-ROM drives, allowing for sustained data transfer rates of up to 3.6MB/sec. By contrast, Panasonic's current 8X CD-ROM drives hava data transfer rates of 1.2MB/sec.

    Panasonic says its new LK-MC686BP drive, which will be available in May, can be used in systems with 386 through Pentium series processors. A version with a SCSI-2 interconnect will be available in June. The drives support a variety of format standards such as audio CDs and Kodak photo CDs. Estimated street price of the drives will start at $199, the company said.

    Pioneer says it will offer a tray-loading version of its new DR-511 drive to PC makers beginning in May 1997. A slot-loading version that can be mounted vertically will be available in August 1997, the company adds. The 5.25-inch-high drives support additional format standards such as audio CDs and Kodak photo CDs. It is compatible with Windows Plug and Play systems. No pricing was announced.