updated 11:20 am EST, Tue March 20, 2001
Yamaha's newest CD-R/RW drives, the CRW2200 series, will make their debut at the upcoming CeBIT 2001 tradeshow in Germany, which runs March 22-28. The new drives use a 20x/10x/40x mechanism that supports 4x-10x CAV (constant angular velocity) for constant and controlled rotation speed during data writes to the inner tracks and higher-speed random disc accesses. (Partial CAV is also supported in 12X-20X speed modes.) The drives include SafeBurn technology for enhanced buffer underrun protection and an 8MB buffer. The internal ATAPI version, the CRW2200E, is due in the second quarter of this year. FireWire, internal/external SCSI-3, and USB 2.0 are expected to be available after this summer.