Triple CD-R/RW capacity with one chip

Sanyo Semiconductor has released the ML ENDEC, a standard integrated circuit that triples the capacity and performance of CD-R/RW drives.

The new chip, the first IC to implement the MultiLevel (ML) recording technology developed by Calimetrics, has been used in a prototype ML CD-R/RW burner with 2Gbyte CD capacity.

The Sanyo ML ENDEC includes all the analog and digital functions necessary to read and write ML discs at up to 48 times CD-R speed using conventional CD-R/RW optical pickup units and ML-specific firmware.

The ML ENDEC chips are available now. For samples and pricing, contact Mr. Yasuhiro Yamada of Sanyo Semiconductor Company, System LSI Division, Tel: +81-584-64-4399, fax: +81-584-64-4970, email:

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