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Toshiba Brings Advanced DVD-RAM Drive to Market

Enhanced Performance Addresses Needs of Customers Using DVD-RAM For A Range of Applications -- Making DVD-RAM the DVD Rewriteable Format of Choice

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 1999--The Disk Products Division (DPD) of Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) Tuesday introduced a new, advanced DVD-RAM drive, the SD-W1111.

Based on demand from customers for progressive DVD-RAM drives for imaging and storage applications, Toshiba integrated a larger cache into the drive, giving users higher sustainable transfer rates.

"As a leader in storage technology, DVD-RAM users look to Toshiba for improvements in DVD-RAM to better handle high-end imaging and storage applications such as document imaging, data archiving and PC back-up," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president, marketing, TAEC DPD. "DVD-RAM is clearly the DVD rewriteable format of choice among users today."

The SD-W1111 DVD-RAM drive employs 2MB of cache to give users significantly improved transfer rates. The larger cache uses a more robust buffering technique, allowing large blocks of data to be read and written to and from the media quickly, giving users the fastest access to their data.

"The new DVD-RAM drive is a perfect example of how Toshiba turns technology innovation into measurable improvements for the customer," added Brzeski.

Top Performance Levels in DVD-RAM

Toshiba's SD-W1111 leads the industry with advanced design improvements to push the performance to the highest levels possible. The SD-W1111 reads and writes DVD-RAM media at a fast 1,350KB/sec., reads DVD-ROM media at a rate of 2,700KB/sec. and 2,400KB/sec. (16x speed) for CD-ROM media. The SD-W1111 supports burst transfers in SCSI synchronous mode of 20Mbps. These fast transfers are optimized by the drive's 2MB buffer.

In addition to its fast data transfer capabilities, the SD-W1111 DVD-RAM drive offers fast random access times for quick data delivery. The drive provides a speedy 180ms average random seek when reading DVD-RAM media. Access times vary when reading other types of media.

Compatibility and Reliability Make DVD-RAM a Secure Investment

DVD-RAM provides users with a secure technology investment, as the drives are compatible with all CD and DVD media and was developed with a growth path for higher capacity media in the future. DVD-RAM media is priced at only $24.99 per single-sided disc or $39.99 for double-sided disc, making storage with DVD-RAM costs less than one penny per MB.

Toshiba's DVD-RAM drives offer the reliability needed for critical recording environments such as video record-and-playback, security, back-up and data storage. For such applications, the SD-W1111 offers unmatched capacity and the fastest data transfer rates available. The high recording capacities of 2.6GB on a single-sided disc and 5.2GB on a double-sided disc is achieved through wobbled-land-groove recording.

Pricing and Availability

The new Toshiba SD-W1111 DVD-RAM drive is available now in volume to OEMs, systems integrators and distributors at a suggested list pricing of $599.

Disk Products Division

Disk Products Division leads the market in the development, design and manufacturing of DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM drives and 2.5-inch hard disk drives. TAEC Disk Products Division markets high quality peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors in the United States.

Inherent in the company's product line is the high-quality engineering and manufacturing which has established Toshiba products as worldwide leaders.

About Toshiba

Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. (TAEC) is the North American design, manufacturing, marketing and sales arm of Toshiba Corp., a global technology innovator. TAEC is recognized as a leading supplier of semiconductor, electronic component and storage solutions.

The company delivers technology solutions that enable OEMs to develop advanced integrated products for the computing, networking, communications and digital consumer markets. In fact, its technology offerings account for more than 30 percent of the total possible components used in desktop and portable computers.

By continuing to develop leading-edge solutions that cost-effectively meet the emerging needs of the design engineering community, TAEC keeps its customers in touch with tomorrow.

For additional information, visit TAEC's Web site at

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