Sony has announced its first combination CD-RW and DVD drive, which ships in sleek silver and connects to Windows laptops via a PCMCIA interface. The CRX85A weighs only 230g and is only a little larger than a CD, according to Sony. It offers 20x CD-R writing and 8x re-writing, which Sony says makes it the fastest external combo drive. It reads DVDs at 8x speed and CD-ROMs at 24x. Unusually for external drives, the CRX85A includes Sony’s Power Burn buffer underrun technology with shock protection and a buffer memory of 2MB. It ships with software including BHA B’s Recorder Gold, BHA B’s CliP, Dantz Retrospect Express, Arcsoft PhotoBase, PhotoStudio and VideoImpression, MusicMatch Jukebox and Cyberlink PowerDVD. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.