LaCie has announced that its 24x-10x-40x CD-RW is available.

This latest drive can burn a 650MB CD in under three minutes and rewrite CD-RW discs at 1.5MBps, according to the company.

The drive's incorporates new Burn-Proof technology, that eliminates buffer under-runs and ensures error-free recordings, LaCie claims. It guarantees 24 speeds when used with low performance Macs. Burn-Proof technology also permits users to burn CDs in the background while working in other apps.

Speed boast LaCie claims this hot-pluggable drive has automatic configuration, can be daisy-chained, and is the "industry's fastest CD-RW".

George Leptos, UK branch manager at LaCie, said: "Our 24x drives can provide amazing productivity advantages, a two-minute recording time, virtually no failed burning and simultaneous use of the computer," he said.

The new 24x-10x-40x CD-RW has a 400Mbps FireWire interface, which enables the drive to be connected, removed or swapped without restarting the computer. It also offers SCSI-3 connectivity.

The drive costs £249, this covers all cables, manuals, a blank 16x CD-R disc, a 10x blank CD-RW disc, Roxio Toast 5 and a 1 year warranty.