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TEAC Ships Industry's Lightest External CD-ROM Drive

Sleek Jewel-Case-Sized 24X PortaCD Offers Portable Solutions for Subnotebooks

MONTEBELLO, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire/ --TEAC, a world leader in the manufacture of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CD-R/RW storage technology, today begins shipping the industry's lightest external CD-ROM drive, the 24X PortaCD, for laptop and subnotebook computers. Designed to fit easily into a laptop PC carrying case, the new drive compliments the mobile convenience of the thinnest laptop or subnotebook computer with a sleek, metallic clamshell design that is not much larger than a CD jewel case. The compact 24X PortaCD can be found at participating retailers throughout the country and is available to resellers and VARs through the Company's network of authorized distributors.

Weighing less than nine ounces and just 1/2" thick, the top-loading TEAC 24X PortaCD performs at a maximum data transfer rate of 24X or 3.6MB/sec with a 130ms random access time. The high-speed data transfer rate allows smooth video playback without noticeable delay and the drive's low average access time provides quick database searches and access to reference materials. The external drive easily connects to a laptop or subnotebook PC using its accompanying PCMCIA Type II connector. It is powered directly through the PCMCIA connection so there is no need for an AC adapter or power cable. The drive is plug and play compatible with Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. It has front controls and a headphone jack to make it convenient to listen to and playback audio CDs.

"Even at a time when CD-ROM drives are relied on for so many standard applications on all PC Systems, there is a new wave of slim subnotebook computers that have opted out of built-in CD-ROM drives in order to stay ultra slim," stated Les Luzar, division manager, TEAC's Data Storage Products Division. "TEAC has designed the sleek, lightweight 24X PortaCD to fit the demand of the traveler who can not be weighed down by bulky notebook peripherals and wants the advantages of a high-performance CD-ROM drive with their portable computer."

The 24X PortaCD (model #CD-224PE) is shipping at an MSRP of $199.00.

About TEAC

Since 1953, TEAC Corporation has been an innovator and worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of audio, video and data recording technologies. Its products are utilized in the computer data storage, consumer and professional audio and industrial video and instrumentation markets.

TEAC's Data Storage Products Division, a pioneer in both magnetic and optical recording technologies, is well respected for manufacturing the most innovative, high performance CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW and floppy drives for both desktop and notebook computers. The Company currently maintains the world leading market share of notebook CD-ROM drives.

TEAC data storage products are sold throughout the world and can be found in more personal computers than any other brand. The Company sells its products to leading PC system manufacturers, commercial and industrial distributors, and computer retail and mail order companies.

TEAC America, Inc. is active in the development, sales and marketing of these removable storage products throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America.

SOURCE: TEAC America, Inc.

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