Read CD-ROMs at 100x speed
A new record in terms of reading speed for CD-ROMs and DVDs should fall this summer. The Taiwanese manufacturer Afreey would like to publish a drive with 100 times the speed for CD-ROMs (about 15 MByte/s) and 25 times the speed for DVDs (about 34 MByte/s). This is made possible by the True-X technology, which was developed by Zen Research, Infineon and Sanyo and is already used in Kennwood drives.
With this technology, the simple laser beam is split up and can thus be several Read off places at the same time. For the drive announced for the middle of this year you will have to pay between 300 and 350 marks. Then you should get not only a faster but also a quieter drive, since the new devices work with a lower speed than the old ones. Afreey is already developing CD and DVD burners with this multi-beam technology, but they will not appear before the end of this year. In February, LiteOn and BTC also acquired licenses for this technology, so that similar products are likely to appear soon.