Hello, I saw your message regarding this Panasonic drive, Digistor no longer sells them and they are no longer be manufactured - can you possibly direct me to someone who may have some of these for sale?
Best Regards, Need2Find
[QUOTE=Ibex;2746154]Another unusual optical drive, the [B]Panasonic LKM-KB23[/B].
This is a current drive. I don’t know if it unique, but it is only one I know of which supports Panasonic’s ADA (Advanced Disc for Archive) format.
As well as ADA-R/RE discs, it can read & write BD-R/RE and DVD-R/RW/RAM. But the specification indicates that it cannot write to DVD+R/RW and CD-R/RW discs, only read. (And we all though the DVD format war ended a decade ago in stalemate.)
It has been around since at least 2010, but here is little information available about ADA. The discs are housed in cartridges, like DVD-RAM (and designed to be compatible with DVD-RAM automated disc libraries). They have the same capacity and speed rating as BD-R/RE and are available in SL & DL variants. I don’t know if they are basically BD-R/RE discs in a cartridge, or if there are other technical differences.
Would love to own one of these drives, but they are rather pricey.