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Yamaha Introduces Industry's Fastest FireWire CD-RW Recorder

New Addition to the LightSpeed(TM) Family of CD-RW's Delivers 16X Write/10X Rewrite/40X Read/40X Audio Ripping -

BUENA PARK, Calif., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Yamaha Corporation of America announces the introduction of the CRW2100FXZ, the industry's fastest external rewritable CD recorder with IEEE 1394 FireWire(TM) interface. The IEEE 1394 connection provides simple installation, reliable performance and lightning fast recording speeds.

The all-new, multi-platform LightSpeed(TM) CRW2100FXZ model records on CD- R discs at an industry-first top speed of 16X, writing a 74-minute CD in under five minutes, rewriting CD-RW discs at a top speed of 10X, and reading CDs at a sustained maximum rate of 40X. In addition, the CRW2100FXZ model allows users to rip audio CDs at a maximum speed of 40X-up to five times faster than conventional CD-RW recorders currently in the marketplace-allowing digital audio extraction of a 74-minute audio disc in less than three minutes. Ripping is the process of converting CD music tracks to WAV and MP3 files for creating music CDs on a PC. The CRW2100FXZ is expected to begin shipping in mid- February 2001 with an estimated street price of $399.99.

The CRW2100FXZ model is compatible with IBM PC compatibles and Apple Macintosh® computers. Using Toast(TM) Software, the consumer can easily create data, audio, multimedia or hybrid CDs on any Macintosh®. The software also allows the user to access, purchase and download music from popular websites.

"FireWire CD-RW recorders are quickly becoming the format of choice for Mac and IBM compatible customers who are looking for bulletproof performance and simple, no-hassle installation," states Tom Sumner, general manager, Consumer Products Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The CRW2100FXZ is the most reliable 16X recorder with the FireWire interface."

To achieve the industry's fastest CD-R write speed, Yamaha developed the CRW2100 Series to take advantage of partial Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) technology, a combination of CAV and standard Constant Linear Velocity (CLV), for optimum performance. To rewrite a CD-RW disc at up to 10X speed, the LightSpeed recorders use the full CAV recording method. This method keeps the disc rotation speed constant while adjusting the data transfer rate, depending upon the portion of the disc being recorded. Using partial CAV and full CAV recording methods for writing and rewriting CDs enables a significant increase in the data transfer rates while minimizing the load increase to the drive's mechanism.

"Recording 25 percent faster than most other FireWire CD-RW recorders in the industry, the Yamaha CRW2100FXZ benefits from the partial CAV technology instead of the conventional CLV, providing faster, smoother recording since the recorder no longer has to waste additional time controlling the rotation speed of the motor," states Allen H. Gharapetian, product and marketing manager, Consumer Products Division. "The CRW2100FXZ applies Yamaha's exclusive PurePhase Laser System(TM), which compensates for the unwanted glare created on the disc surface during recording, improves jitter levels (deviation from correct signals) by more than 25 percent and harnesses extra laser power previously unused."

In pursuit of perfecting reliability, Yamaha has also equipped the CRW2100FXZ with Optimum Write Speed Control(TM). By checking a disc's capability and the recording conditions, this new technology allows this newest LightSpeed recorder to select the optimum writing speed to further improve reliability. The CRW2100FXZ recorder also incorporates Yamaha's Waste- Proof Write Strategy(TM). Unlike other write strategies that rely heavily on data-links and error corrections, Yamaha's write strategy focuses on providing a robust, stable recording environment by combining a large 8MB buffer memory, CAV writing support for on-the-fly data backup, and specific fine-tunings to the recording software. This strategy maximizes harmony between the recorder and the PC, virtually eliminating buffer underruns and preventing wasted media.

The CRW2100FXZ recorder offers an extra-large 8 MB buffer memory-up to 4X larger than that of competitive recorders-virtually eliminating buffer underruns. All Yamaha LightSpeed recorders are designed to take full advantage of the new, high performance 16X CD-R media to optimize record speed and reliability. Yamaha and other media makers have introduced the 74- and 80- minute 16X CD-R media, which is currently available.

The CRW2100FXZ model completes the CRW2100 Series, which includes three other models: the internal CRW2100EZ, using E-IDE (ATAPI); the internal CRW2100SZ, using Ultra SCSI (SCSI-3) interface; and the external CRW2100SXZ, using Ultra SCSI interface. All models are compatible with IBM PC compatibles and Macintosh computers and are currently available.

The CRW2100 family of CD-RW recorders is available to resellers through a variety of major computer distributors, and to consumers through mail-order catalogs, Internet resellers, and major computer retailers. The retail version, in the United States, is available directly from and only through Yamaha's Consumer Products Division, and includes a software bundle featuring Adaptec class-leading Easy CD Creator(TM), Direct CD(TM) and Toast (for Macintosh), Adobe's ActiveShare(TM), Photo Deluxe(TM), plus the Neato(TM) CD Labeler Kit.

For product and sales information, contact Yamaha's Consumer Products Division, 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620;; telephone (714) 522-9011; or fax (714) 228-3913. Press contact: Giles Communications, telephone (914) 422-3800, x132.

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA), based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. YCA's Consumer Products Division markets and sells Yamaha-branded computer peripherals and music products. Products include:

CD-ReWritable Recorders, Computer Speakers, Headphones, and other fine music products.

SOURCE: Yamaha Corporation of America

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