Pioneer Ship's Industry's Fastest DVD-ROM Drive

Company's "Sweet 16"is a Market-Leading 16X DVD-ROM Drive

 LONG BEACH, Calif., March 27, 2000 - Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of DVD technology-based products, announced today that it is shipping the industry's first 16X (max.) DVD-ROM drive, "Sweet 16". As with its introduction of the 10X drive, Pioneer is again the first to bring the fastest DVD-ROM drive to market.

     "Prices of DVD-ROM drives are dropping, making them a feature of choice in many PCs shipped today," said Mary Craig, principal analyst, optical disk drives worldwide, Dataquest. "With its backward compatibility to CD-ROM and lightening-fast speeds, customers are learning to appreciate the performance and benefits that DVD offers."

   With speeds that are 16 times faster than first generation DVD-ROM technology, the 16X DVD-ROM/40X CD-ROM is compatible with single and dual layer DVD-ROM and DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, Video CD and Photo CD media, preserving compatibility with conventional CD formats. Pioneer's most advanced drive to-date, the 16X DVD-ROM offers:

     Pioneer's DVD-ROM drive features a 512KB buffer memory, audio output, a front panel headphone jack and volume control knob. Compatible with the Windows 9X Plug and Play standard, the drive is easy to install and use. The 5.25-inch half-height drive measures 148x207.5x42.3mm (WxDxH) and weigh 1.0 kg.

     The current version (DVD-115) features a tray-load and is available now through OEM and distribution channels. The slot-load (DVD-105S) version will be available in May 2000.

Pioneer New Media Technologies

     Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc. is dedicated to bringing the very best of leading-edge technology to market. Pioneer invented the world's first multiple-disc CD-ROM changer and offered the first multifunction optical drive capable of reading and writing to both MO and WORM. The Optical Division's products include first to market DVD-R and DVD-ROM drives; CD-ROM drives, changers and jukeboxes; optical drives; MO, WORM, and DVD-R media for a wide range of storage solutions in the education, government, legal, banking, medical, insurance, finance, industrial and general business markets. The company is a leading supplier of optical drives to the majority of first tier OEM PC manufacturers. For more information, contact Pioneer New Media Technologies, Inc. at 2265 E. 220th Street, Long Beach, Calif. 90810; phone (310) 952-2111 or (800) 444-6784; URL: www.pioneerusa.com.

 

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