9/18/2002 - Fujitsu announced the introduction of a new 3.5-inch form factor 640 MB magneto optical (MO) drive that is the world's first to be powered by its USB interface, eliminating the need for an AC adapter. OEM sales of the drive unit (MCN3064UA), initially to Japanese manufacturers, will begin in early October. The new MO drive will also be available in Japan as a retail product, the DynaMO 640 Pocket (DMO-640PT), starting October 12, with sales in other parts of Asia and Europe to commence by year-end.
In addition to dramatically reducing power consumption and thereby overcoming the hurdles that have precluded the development of a commercial product operating only on USB bus power, Fujitsu was able to achieve unprecedented compactness of design. The new OEM unit is 38% smaller and 26% lighter than previous Fujitsu models, and is currently the smallest and lightest USB MO drive in the world.
Offering the same ease of data backup as Fujitsu's other MO drives, the DynaMO 640 Pocket drive, with its superior portability, compact dimensions, and ability to be used anywhere because of its USB bus power connection, represents a new level of convenience in removable storage.
DynaMO 640 Pocket special features:
Fujitsu has driven MO technology forward with innovations such as the 1.3 GB and 2.3 GB "GigaMO" high-capacity drives, and it is the leading manufacturer of MO drives. Fujitsu is also actively promoting the use of Media IDs as a way to preserve copyrights in digital media. By offering such new removable storage solutions, Fujitsu is fulfilling the need for ease of data storage in today's broadband Internet era, while at the same time protecting copyrights for digital content.
Recently, Fujitsu has been unifying its domestic and overseas MO products under the common "DynaMO" brand. The new DyanMO 640 Pocket is the first model released in Japan under the new branding scheme.
MCN3064UA OEM samples will be priced at 30,000 yen (excl. tax) in Japan, with a sales target of 1 million units in two years. DynaMO 640 Pocket will be open priced at retail outlets.
An AC adapter (DMO-PTADP) will also be available as an option for DynaMO 640 Pocket for use with PCs having insufficient USB power supply capabilities.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.
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