Laptops with CD-Rom performance previously seen only on desktop PCs will be demonstrated at Comdex next month by Toshiba.
The company's disk products division yesterday announced the technology that makes this possible - its XM-1502B CD-Rom drive, which offers an average of 10x rotational speed, the same as a desktop PC drive. CD-Rom drives in current laptops offer between 6 and 8 times rotational speed (the speed of the industry?s first CD-Rom of 400 to 500rpm.)
Toshiba would not comment on how soon the CD-Rom drive would ship with its laptops but Murray McKerlie, product marketing manager of the notebooks division, said an announcement is expected to be made at Comdex. A 16x version is expected in the first quarter of 1996 said a Toshiba spokesperson.
With an average data transfer rate of 1,500KB per second, the deviceuses a newly developed motor and pick-up especially designed for super-slim CD-Rom drives.
Other features include an average random seek time of 130 milliseconds, a random access time of 150 milliseconds and a 128KB data buffer. LINDA LEUNG
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