BlueChip Infotech has announced AOpen’s newest and fastest CDRW unit — the CRW5224. The drive comes as an OEM unit and a retail package as well as in black and silver. It features an E-IDE/ATAPI interface and 2MB data buffer memory as well as transfer rates of 52x write, 24x rewrite and up to 52x read. The unit can be mounted either horizontally or vertically and supports formats such as CD-Audio, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Photo-CD, Video CD, CD Extra, I-Trax CD, CD Text and High Density (80-min) CD.
It also includes AOpen’s Just Speed technology that prevents writing error when high writing speed (24x or faster) is selected. When Just Speed is on, the drive decides the most appropriate writing speed according to the result of medium calibration and writes with the speed.
The unit is firmware upgradable and supports digital audio output.