LaCie has announced it will unveil the first external combination DVD drive with high-speed FireWire connectivity at Apple Expo, Paris, in September. The new DVDRW combines the functionalities of DVD-R, DVD-RW and CD-RW drives. Designed to store and deliver digital data, video and audio, the LaCie DVDRW drive records to 4.7GB DVD-R General Use discs at 2x speed (2.6MBps) and to 4.7GB rewritable DVD discs (-RW) at 1x speed. It provides 6x (7.8MBps) read performance for DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs. Smaller files can also be stored on lower-cost 700MB CD-Rs at 8x speed or on CD-RW discs at 4x speed, while CD playback is at 24x. Using a 4.7GB DVD-R General Use media, users can store up to 14 hours of MP3 audio, two hours of theater-quality video, 4,700 colour photos or more than 500,000 documents. DVD-R General Use discs can be played back on most DVD-ROM drives and home DVD players. Once a DVD-R disc is burned it becomes either a DVD-ROM or a DVD-Video disc. As it cannot be erased or altered, DVD General Use media is suitable for data storage. The DVDRW is also a universal reader as it can read currently accepted CD-ROM, CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW and Video-CD discs, as well as DVD-R and DVD-ROM discs. The LaCie DVDRW will be available in October at street price of £649 plus VAT. The price includes all cables, manuals, the software suite (PrimoDVD and the LaCie Recording Utilities), a 4.7GB DVD-R disc, a 4.7GB DVD-RW disc and one-year warranty.