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Philips Launches New 4x CD-RW Drives

USB, PCMCIA, and Internal CDRW400 Series Drives Expand Connectivity and Storage Possibilities

PC EXPO, NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips Electronics, the co- developer of the CD and a world leader in the manufacturing of CD-RWs, today added breadth to its CDRW400 series with the addition of three new CD-RW drives. The CDRW400 series now includes two new external CD-RW drives -- a USB-compatible drive (the PCRW 464K) and a PCMCIA-compatible drive (the PCRW 463K) -- and a new high-performance internal drive, the PCRW404K. Each CD-RW drive offers consumers 4x write and 4x rewrite speed for faster data storage; the PCRW 404K offers up to 32x CD-ROM speed. All drives offer Philips' exclusive Write2CD recording software with one-button recording and advanced features not offered in standard CD-RW kits. With these latest CD-RW drives, Philips expands its position in the CD-RW market by offering faster drives that accommodate a variety of users. All three new drives, as well as the other CDRW 400 Series drives, are on display at Philips' booth #4210, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, June 22-24.

"Each of Philips' new 400 Series CD-RW drives is designed to appeal to a variety of computer users with different lifestyles," said Bill Taylor, Vice President/General Manager, Imaging, Storage and Multimedia Products, Philips Electronics. "By developing CD-RW drives that incorporate PCMCIA, USB, and IDE interface connections, we are making optical storage an attractive option for everyone, regardless of the type of computer you use. Optical storage is the most versatile and reliable method of archiving, backing-up, and exchanging information. As speed increases, we will see the CD replace the floppy disk as the de facto standard for data storage."

4x Write and ReWrite Speed

Among the fastest on the market, each of the new CD-RW 400 series drives -- the PCRW 464K , PCRW 463K , and PCRW404K -- features 4x write/rewrite speed for fast storage as well as Philips' user-friendly software. These CD-RW drives allow users to record and re-record Internet content or hard drive data at up to 600 kb/second. For smooth high-speed data transfer and writing, the Philips drives utilize a 2MB buffer to reduce buffer underruns and increase recording reliability. With the ease-of-use, versatility, and storage capacity that these Philips drives offer, the Compact Disc will become the medium of choice for data storage and archiving.

  • PCRW 464K External drive with USB For computers with Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections, Philips offers the USB-compatible PCRW464K. The plug-and-play simplicity of the PCRW464K makes adding optical data storage an attractive upgrade for computer users of all types. This external CD-RW drive will appeal to people constantly on the road or moving from location to location. The versatility of USB connectivity allows the PCRW464K to work with any IBM-type desktop computer with a USB connection. In addition to its 4x write and rewrite speed, the PCRW464K offers up to 6x read speed for easy access to CD-ROM.
  • PCRW 463K External drive with PCMCIA Featuring PCMCIA connectivity for use with laptops, the PCRW463K is specially designed for the mobile computer user. In addition to its fast 4x write/rewrite speed, the PCRW463K reads CD-ROMs at 16x speed, for quick access to CD files. The drive's reduced size (5.25" at half-height) and light weight (approximately 2 pounds) makes it easy to bring optical storage capability on the road, adding value to laptop computing. Using the PCRW463K, business travellers can save large data files such as Powerpoint presentations and share information on CD while en route to client meetings or while working offsite.
  • PCRW 404K Internal drive

The internal PCRW 404K utilizes an IDE/ATAPI interface for direct connection to the motherboard of almost any Pentium(TM) PC. The fastest of the 400 series drives, the PCRW 404K reads CD-ROMs at a blazing 32x speed and writes and rewrites at 4x speed, making the easy to use "Write2CD" software even more robust. Designed for serious desktop computer use, the PCRW404K offers both speedy data storage and retrieval.

Philips Write2CD® Software

Optical storage is the easiest and most reliable method for saving and exchanging large files, and with Philips' user-friendly software package bundled with each drive, saving data is even easier. Powered by a CeQuadrant recording engine, the Philips-designed user interface allows users to intuitively write and rewrite multimedia files, backup or archive valuable data, and save presentations with simple "drag and drop" actions. A "self- launching" feature, which automatically activates the CD recording options menu, enables the computer to recognize blank media inserted into the CD-RW drive. To reduce CD-RW formatting time, the CD-RW drives offer a 15-second fast format option. Once discs are recognized by the drive, users can copy data one file at a time (TAO), one disc at a time (DAO), or through a multi- session. For maximum data storage, a data compression feature allows storage of more than 1 Gb on a single CD.

Eye-Catching Design

With their unique and elegant design, Philips' CD-RW drives stand out from the competition. The drives use a dark color scheme to match the look of most desktops, notebooks, and other portable products. The tray and eject buttons have metallic finishes, adding a touch of sophistication and exclusivity to the products.


The CD-RW 400 Series drives use both write-once CD-Recordable (CD-R) and CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) media to store data. The CD-ReWritable discs created with Philips CD-RW drives are compatible with 'multiread' CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives. Many new CD-audio players are now available with multiread capability, further enhancing the value of rewritable CDs. Both CD-R and CD- RW media store up to 650 Mb or 1.3 Gb, respectively, using Philips' data compression software.

System Requirements

The PCRW 464K is compatible with Windows® 98; the PCRW 463K is compatible with Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows NT® 4.0; the PCRW 404K is compatible with Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows NT® 4.0 and Windows® 2000. Each of the Philips CD-RW 400 Series drives also requires the following minimum system requirements: Pentium(TM) Processor (75MHz or above); 16 MB of RAM; 12 MB of space on hard disk for application software; 15 millisecond access times; and sufficient free space on the hard disk drive for image management.

About Philips

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of more than US$ 33.9 billion in 1998. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one- chip TV products. Its 233,700 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems, business electronics, and IT services (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at

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SOURCE: Philips Electronics

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