Nuggets: Optical organisation from Philips

Philips is gearing up for Cebit with a whole bundle of new PC peripherals

First up are a couple of new optical drives.

The snappily titled PCRW804K is an internal IDE/ATAPI drive, a speedy addition to its CD-RW drive range -- its fastest yet. It reads at 32x, writes at 8x and rewrites at 4x. Like most other CD-RW drives, it has a 2MB buffer to smooth out data transfer and writing.

It comes bundled with the ubiquitous, though excellent, Adaptec CD Creator software and hits the shops next month.

Also launching at Cebit is Philips' PCDV832 DVD-ROM drive.

This reads DVDs at 8x and CDs at 32x, giving respective data transfer rates of 10MB and 4.8MB/s.

The drive, which slots into any 5.25-inch drive bay, is compatible with all DVD-ROM, DVD-R, CD-ROM/R/RW media. It'll be in the shops in March.

Both drives are for PCs only.


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