The CD-ROM Challenge

  • Sorin G. Stan


The necessity of a storage device has always been of paramount importance for any computing system. In this respect, two categories of information need to be stored on some dedicated information carrier.


Storage Device Data Path Compact Disc Channel Decoder Digital Versatile Disc 
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    In this particular context, the UK English term “disc” has been chosen as an alterna-tive for the American “disk”, mainly to comply with the related standards [50,53,79,80]. The latter term will however be used throughout this book to designate other storage devices and media (e.g. hard-disk) than those based on a compact disc.Google Scholar
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    Current standards are also defining a CD-Recordable (CD-R) and a CD-Rewritable (CD-RW) media which, after being written, feature both the same data structure as a CD-ROM and can be read with a CD-ROM drive.Google Scholar
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    A disk storage device is considered as a peripheral of a central host system. 41 MB = 1024 kB = 10242 bytes.Google Scholar
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    CD-ROM Extended ArchitectureGoogle Scholar
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    The term spindle motor is also commonly used. Notice that many drive architectures consider the turntable motor controller as part of the servo electronics and not of the channel decoder.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sorin G. Stan
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  1. 1.Philips Optical StorageOptical Recording Development LaboratoryEindhovenThe Netherlands

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