HP Ships New Full-Function CD-RW Drive; Drive is as Easy to Use as a Floppy, but with all of the Advantages of a Compact Disc.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1997-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced it is shipping the industry's first full-function CD-ReWritable (CD-RW (CD-ReWritable) The only rewritable CD technology. CD-RW disks look like other CD media, but with close inspection, they have a more polished surface with a very dark blue-gray cast. ) drive that is as simple to use and universally accepted as a conventional floppy-disk drive, but with the qualities of a highly durable compact disc.
The HP SureStore CD-Writer Plus drive, available now through resellers, distributors and retailers, provides business and home users with up to 650MB of rewritable, removable capacity while retaining compatibility with the scores of millions of CDs in use today.
"CD-RW is a revolutionary technology, whose time has come," said Jerry Shea, general manager of HP's Colorado Memory Systems division. "HP's new CD-Writer Plus products, which deliver the full capabilities of CD rewritability HP and other industry leaders talked about last fall, overcome the capacity and universal-compatibility constraints associated with other removable-storage products, and they do so with familiar and comfortable compact-disc technology."
The HP SureStore CD-Writer Plus uses de facto [Latin, In fact.] In fact, in deed, actually.
This phrase is used to characterize an officer, a government, a past action, or a state of affairs that must be accepted for all practical purposes, but is illegal or illegitimate. industry-standard CD-Recordable (CD-R (CD-Recordable) A writable CD technology using a type of compact disc that can be recorded, but not erased (CD-Rs are "write once" discs). CD-R discs are used to master CD-ROMs, to back up data and to make copies of data for distribution. ) as well as industry-standard CD-RW compact discs. It is the first drive available that takes full advantage of the compact disk-universal device format (CD-UDF) specification's file-by-file rewrite capability. The drive also supports HP-developed MultiRead compatibility to ensure compatibility with DVD-ROM DVD-ROM: see digital versatile disc.
A read-only DVD disc used to permanently store data files. DVD-ROM discs are widely used to distribute large software applications that exceed the capacity of a CD-ROM disc. , CD-R and CD-ROM drives CD-ROM drives, which today typically means a CD-RW drive that is a combo CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW drive, come in a variety of speeds. The original drive (1x) transferred data at 150KB per second. .
HP's CD-RW drive allows users of conventional and recordable CDs at work or home to store, transport, retrieve, archive, share and modify data-intensive files. Such files include personal document management files, complex documents and presentations, large projects or entire working directories and can be stored on CD-RW or CD-R media as easily as small files can be stored on a conventional floppy disk. CD-Writer Plus also enables sharing of large, unwieldy files, for example, business plans, legal briefs Legal Briefs is an interactive television program aired on CablePulse24 and CourtTV Canada, hosted by Lorne Honickman, a lawyer and journalist, as he discusses the ins & outs of the Canadian legal system and provides free legal advice. and beta-software samples.
Home PC users can use CD-RW as an extension of system hard-drive capacity, using it as temporary storage of Internet information or as a means to create custom family photo albums. Users of non-networked or home PCs can use CD-Writer Plus to archive important personal records, organize digital photos or even back up files. The drive can be used to take very large files, such as presentations, to and from the office.
HP also has delivered a solution for the exploding PC home-photography market. A solution that includes Live Picture's Live Pix photo-collage software is available in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The Live Pix software allows home-photo enthusiasts to enhance their photographs or put them into custom collages or greeting cards. It also allows users to organize photographs into albums that can be stored on a CD.
The HP SureStore CD-Writer Plus has an IDE interface and installs without an adapter card; it simply plugs into a PC's standard hard-drive cable. The external version plugs into a PC's standard parallel port, which has a pass-through connector that allows the drive and a printer to be attached to the PC.
U.S. PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The new HP SureStore CD-Writer Plus 7100i, internal, and 7100e, external, drives are expected to be available Oct. 1 through HP-authorized resellers, distributors and retailers worldwide. The 7100i is $499, and the external 7100e unit is $610. Both versions also will be available in the United States bundled as separate products with Live Picture custom software, which allows users to manipulate or enhance and archive digitized photos.
HP's Information Storage Group, which focuses on the rapidly growing extended-storage market, manufactures and sells information-storage products based on tape, magneto-optical and CD-RW technologies. HP storage solutions include digital-audio-tape (DAT (1) (Dynamic Address Translator) A hardware circuit that converts a virtual memory address into a real address. See also DAT file.
(2) (Digital Audio Tape) A magnetic tape technology used for backing up data. ) drives and digital-linear-tape (DLT (Digital Linear Tape) A magnetic tape technology originally developed by Digital for its VAX line. The technology was later sold to Quantum, which makes it available to other manufacturers. DLT uses half-inch, single-hub cartridges similar to IBM's 3480/3490/3590 line. ) libraries, minicartridge (QIC (Quarter Inch Cartridge) A magnetic tape technology introduced in the early 1980s that has been widely used for backup. It was the first popular tape format for PCs. ) tape drives and software, CD-ReWriteable drives, and magneto-optical drives and jukeboxes. These products are sold through a variety of distribution channels under the HP SureStore and HP Colorado brand names, as well as to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and customers.
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