Plextor has announced the release of a new, ultra-fast CD-RW drive – the PlexWriter 24/10/40A. Aimed at multimedia, music and video users, the drive can burn a complete CD in three and a half minutes, the company claims. The 24/10/40A boasts buffer underrun protection, and Plextor's PoweRec II technology, which checks the quality of the CD media and automatically selects the most appropriate writing speed. It works via an E-IDE (ATAPI) interface, and comes with a free two-year warranty. The drive will be available from August, priced at £155 excluding VAT.