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Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive
by Rick Smith (May 26, 2001)


If you need to maximize your flexibility and interchangeability within the DVD format, the new Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive has what you need. Panasonic has combined the capability to create a rewritable DVD-RAM disc and write-once DVD-R disc into a single drive. This drive provides the hard drive like random-access functionality of DVD-RAM technology, but is also also compatible with DVD video players, recorders and other DVD-ROM drives. Now you can create interchangeable discs for home video and personal computer storage, as well as develop and test master DVDs.

The Panasonic DVD-RAM/R drive is shipping and will have a MSRP under $1,000. It also:

  • reads and writes general-purpose 4.7GB DVD-R discs and 4.7GB/9.4GB DVD-RAM discs

  • provides over 7 times the capacity of a CD

  • plays back DVD video, DVD-ROM and DVD-R discs

  • reads CDs at 24X

  • transfers data at up to 11.08 Mbps with DVD-R media (9X)

  • transfers data at 22.16 Mbps for 4.7GB DVD-RAM media (18X)

  • has a 1 MB Buffer and ATAPI interface (Ultra DMA Mode 2)

    Some of the many possible uses of this drive are:

  • personal computing backup and archiving
  • storage and authoring of home movies
  • professional video authoring and editing
  • DVD video playback
  • image archiving
  • low-cost limited-run duplication

    Copyright 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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