Actima 52x CD-ROM drive with speed control
Actima Technology, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, has introduced its 52x CD-ROM drive, the A52T. With the A52T, the read speed of the drive can be reduced from 52x in steps to 8x.
This is made possible with the 'Speed Adjustment Technology' (SAT), which is supposed to extend the service life of the drive considerably. The speed control must be done via a button on the panel of the device. Not exactly user-friendly if the computer is not in the immediate vicinity of the user. Under Windows 9x/ME/2000, the device should be automatically recognized via Plug & Play. The ATAPI/E IDE drive delivers a maximum transfer rate of 7,800 KByte/s. When and whether it will be launched in Germany has not yet been determined.