The Japanese giant's CSD-88EE is an eight-speed drive offering a data transfer rate of 1.2Mb/sec. Sony also claims it has reduced vibration caused by fast spin rates by implementing a new optical pick-up that reduces access times to 160ms and makes for a promised mean time between failure of 100,000 hours. The list price is £115.
"Sony has built this drive from scratch using specially designed eight-speed components, rather than using parts from slower CD-ROM drives," said Neil Berville, sales and marketing manager at Sony Computer Peripherals.
However, with ten-speed drives already available from well under £200 and DVD drives expected for before Christmas, the window of opportunity is bound to be small.
Sony can be contacted at 0181-760 0500.