CD ROM-USA Inc and Stac Electronics Inc, Carlsbad, California have signed an agreement to combine software from both companies into a package that enables real-time compression technologies to be used with CD-ROM disks. Stac has licensed the use of Stacker Anywhere to CD ROM-USA, which has incorporated it into the CRI-X2 Driver. Stac claims its data compression averages three-to-one on the type of databases and text files typically stored on a CD-ROM, and that compression rates of up to 17:1 are possible using this technique. The driver causes no performance deterioration when used on an 80486, say the companies, and cuts the cost of replication for multi-volume CD-ROM data sets. It’s sold on a royalty basis, which is claimed to make it cheaper to use the driver than to press multiple disk sets.
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