By Mike Ueda
¥ Hitachi DVD-RAM With ATAP Interface
Hitachi June 11 will begin selling a built-in DVD-RAM drive that features an ATAP interface, eliminating the need for a SCSI board. For use in Windows 95/98 PCs, the GF 1000B2SK drive can read DVD-ROM/R, DVD Video, CD-ROM/R/RW and audio CD, and write data on DVD-R, CD-R/RW, as well as DVD-RAM disks. Bundled software includes a Universal Disk File format (UDF) file system driver, Media Keeper for backing up a large volume of data and Software Cinema Star 98, a decoding software product that enables DVD data to be read without using a keyboard. The drive sells for 69,800 yen ($569).