Ricoh Corporation’s Disc Media and Systems Center division announced shipping for its new four-in-one, CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combo drive. The company anticipates widespread retail availability by the end of January 2000.
Called the MediaMaster MP9060A, the CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination will enable users to read DVD-ROM and CD-ROM, write to CD-R and rewrite to CD-RW media. Ricoh’s MP9060A drive will have a 6X CD-Recording speed, 4X CD-Rewriting, 24X CD-ROM reading and a 4X DVD-ROM reading speed.
The MediaMaster MP9060A drive package will include Adaptec’s Easy CD Creator, a CD-R/RW pre-mastering software; DirectCD, CD-R/RW packet writing software; and SOFTWARE CINEMASTER, DVD playback software. The drive carries a suggested retail price of $399.
Not surprisignly, the division’s plans for future product sets are to increase drive speeds and add rewritable DVD capabilities, with emphasis on the compatibility with DVD-ROM technology.