First flexible CD presented
Flexstorm, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG, is presenting a real innovation at CeBIT in Hanover: the flexible CD. The new CD comes on the market with 8 cm and 12 cm diameter and the corresponding capacities, Flex-CD 120 with 650 MB.
The Flex-CD consists of polyester film, is 0.14 mm thick and only weighs 1.3 grams. There are also advantages in production. Production takes only 0.3 seconds, according to Flexstorm's vice-boss, Erik Hunter, that is ten times faster than conventional CDs. For playback, the Flex-CD is placed in an adapter which consists of two plastic disks and which surrounds the Flex-CD. The adapter, which can also serve as an advertising medium, should most likely be available in newsagents. Fittingly, the first major customer of the Flex-CD is VNU-Verlag, who will include the Flex-CD in their magazines, such as PC-Professional, later this year. Later on, the Flex CDs will most likely come onto the market as CD-Rs that you can burn yourself.