IRVINE — Pinnacle Micro Inc. is scheduled to unveil a new product today that could make optical storage a cheaper, more effective alternative for personal computer users.
The Irvine company's new storage drive can hold more than three times the data and costs less than similar products on the market, according to company officials and industry sources.
"We have built what people want," said Scott A. Blum, executive vice president and co-founder of Pinnacle Micro. "Before, optical solutions were too limited and too expensive. We have overcome that now."
Pinnacle Micro's optical storage system sold as late as January for $2,995 and stored 1.3 gigabytes, or about 700,000 pages of single-spaced text. The new system, according to the company, will give the user 4.6 gigabytes. The product, which is scheduled to hit the market in September, will carry a retail price of $1,695, Blum said.