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Hitachi America Delivers Enhanced DVD-ROM Drive To Computer Manufacturers, Upgrade Kit Suppliers


Oct 23, 1998 00:00 AM

The Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. today announced that it is shipping its third-generation DVD-ROM drive to computer OEM and upgrade kit suppliers.

The new GD-2500 drive has a maximum DVD-ROM data transfer rate of 5.52 MB/s, and data access rates nearly 15 percent faster than the company's previous generation DVD-ROM drive.

Hitachi's new DVD-ROM drive also provides faster performance when reading CD media, achieving transfer rates up to 3.6 MB/s (24X). Additionally, the GD-2500 reads pre-recorded DVD-R media, enabling software developers who use this disc mastering technology to verify their content on a state-of-the-art DVD-ROM drive.

Through the first half of 1998, more than one of every four DVD-ROM drives sold worldwide were manufactured by Hitachi. The company's second generation GD-2000 drive was highly-rated by reviewers for its consistent performance reading all types of CD media, including data and audio CD-ROMs, and user-recorded CD-R and CD-RW discs.

The new GD-2500 builds on this proven platform, supporting computer owner's investment in CD media while helping them adopt the higher-capacity standard optical disc storage technologies defined by the DVD Forum.

The GD-2500 is an enhanced IDE (ATAPI) interface drive, designed for installation in personal computers running a Microsoft Windows(R) operating system. It has a DVD disc data access speed of 180 ms., reads data recorded on single- and dual-layer DVD-ROM discs at speeds up to 4X, or 5.52 MB/s., and reads DVD-R discs at 2X speed, or 2.76 MB/s. Data access performance with CD media is 120 ms.

Hitachi is now shipping the GD-2500 drive to computer manufacturers and systems integrators, for installation into new computer systems and re-sale as upgrade kits through retail channels.

The Computer Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. sells high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drives, CD-ROM, and DVD drives through its Storage Products Group.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information on Hitachi in North America, visit

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1997 (ending March 31, 1998) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($63.8 billion).*

The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at * At an exchange rate of 132 yen to the dollar.