updated 11:25 am EDT, Fri October 4, 2002
The Mac Treasure Tracing Club notes several new DVD drives displayed at Ceatec 2002 in Japan:
- Panasonic displayed several versions of its multifunction DVD drives, which support 8x DVD-ROM, 2x DVD-RAM, 2x DVD-R and 1x DVD-RW as well as 24x/16/4x CD-RW functions. The company showed tray-loading, slot-loading, and external USB 2.0 versions of the drive. The reports notes that the demo unit had a production date of July 2002.
- Pioneer displayed both DVR-K11RZ (tray-loading notebook SuperDrive with 2x/2x/8x DVD-RW and 16x/10x/24x CD-RW functions) and its 3.5" desktop DVR-105RZ (4x/2x/12x DVD-RW and 16x/10x/40x CD-RW).
- A "traverse mechanism" (slot-loading?) version of the notebook SuperDrive drive appears to be even smaller and is due to begin production in December 2002 with 2x/2x/8x DVD-RW and 16x/10x/24x CD-RW functions.