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Yamaha builds CD-ROM literacy

Yamaha is shipping a CD recorder that can read and write at high speeds.

Yamaha has begun shipping a CD recorder that can read and write at high speeds.

The CDR400c can write at speeds of 4X and read at 6X, according to the company. The company will ship a 4X/6X internal CD recorder immediately at a price of $749 and an external model in March for $849.

All models will feature SCSI or ATAPI interfaces, connection standards typically used for CD-ROM and hard disk drives.

New features include a large 2MB buffer memory to improve performance of the drive, and RapidLinked Packet Writing to boost data transfer rates.

Flash ROM is provided to allow users to download updates for the drive's "firmware," providing new features. Firmware is software that is linked closely with the hardware.

Seven standard formats are supported, including CD-ROM, CD-ROMXA (both photo CD and Video CD), CD-I, CD-Digital Audio, CD-Extra and Video CD.