The company plans to boot sales of digital cameras under its own brand name with the release of a new product, iD-shot, which has a new magneto-optical disc
developed by Sanyo and Olympus Optical Co., next month, they said.
It is specifically attractive when compared to WORM and magneto-optical disc
drives because viable standards for those technologies are nonexistent plus media of equal capacity (600MB) can cost $200.
"The LF-7010 rewritable optical disc drive differs from magneto-optical disc
drives in that it uses a newly developed phase-change technology to overwrite information in one pass directly onto an optical disc," said Joe Videtti, national marketing manager, Panasonic Office Automation Group's Computer Systems Division.
In the system shown at TEC, a photo would be scanned onto a magneto-optical disc
, then passed as a TIFF file to a Mac for processing in image editing and page layout programs.
Besides managing online storage, TLS allows for data migration to near-line storage such as jukeboxes and off- line media such as CD-ROM and magneto-optical discs
. Western stores approximately 1,500 JPEG images (typically 1 MB each) that the group's 14 titles generate each week on one of three Plasmon D-120 jukeboxes online to the archive.
3M uses its Nicollet units for advanced process research and sensor development on molded products ranging from Scotch tape dispensers to eye implants and magneto-optical discs
. Even Peterson has yet to use all 32 channels on his PMA 360 at one time.
According to a source at Mountain-Optech (Boulder CO), the optical format has changed dramatically over the past two years with quicker access times and 1.3-GB rewritable magneto-optical discs
costing about $180 per disk.