By spinning the disc twice as fast and re-engineering the Error Code Correction (ECC) Chip, NEC engineers were able to transfer data from the CD-ROM reader
to the CPU at 300KB/second.
As the first shippin, light-weight portable CD-ROM reader
with a 30OKB/ second data transfer rate, the Multispin 38 portable CD-ROM reader
has the power of a standard desktop dual-speed CD-ROM reader
And while rental computers, such as those in hotel business centers, typically have CD-ROM readers
, few come with CD-RW recorders.
The market for multimedia upgrade kits, which companies such as Creative Labs have fashioned, is quickly waning now that most desktop systems sold at retail already contain CD-ROM readers
InfoTech, an independent market research and consulting firm specializing in the electronic publishing, information technology, and interactive entertainment industries, has released a report that shows worldwide unit sales of CD-ROM readers
It became economically attractive for other manufacturers to follow suit and, today, all CD-ROM readers
that run at 8X speed or faster (the majority of the installed base, by now) are MultiRead-compatible.
I feel that unless these modifications can be done by the users of existing CD-ROM readers
through new device drivers, the potential user base for distributing files on the CD-E medium will be limited.