SunCD 4 Drive Specifications

SunCD 4 Drive Specifications

About the SunCD 4 Drive

The SunCDTM 4 drive is a quad-speed, read-only random access CD-ROM device. It operates on the industry standard SCSI-2 interface. The SunCD 4 Drive uses 4.76-inch (120-millimeter), 644 Mbyte compact disks.


The compact disc data can be in any one of the following formats:







CD-G Ready 

Photo CD 

CD-I Ready 

Video CD 

Installing Your SunCD 4 Drive

Refer to the documentation that came with your enclosure or system. Locate the sections about installing, replacing and using a CD-ROM drive and follow the instructions.

Refer to the Solaris Handbook for SMCC Peripherals that corresponds to your operating system for software tasks related to your drive installation. The handbook describes how to shut down the system before installation and how to configure the system after installing your CD-ROM drive.

Read all necessary documentation before installing your new SunCD 4 drive.

Setting the SCSI Target ID

Your CD-ROM device is factory-set to SCSI target ID 6.

To install the SunCD 4 drive into a device using a target ID selector switch:
  1. Remove the jumpers from ID1, ID2, and ID4.

  2. Connect the flex cable from the target ID switch on the rear panel of the enclosure to the ID jumpers on the CD-ROM drive.

  3. Set the target ID selector switch on the enclosure to 6.

To install the SunCD 4 drive into a system platform:
  1. Set the jumpers to SCSI target ID 6 by installing jumpers ID4 and ID2 as shown below.



If your SunCD 4 drive cannot read a compact disc, you may have a dirty disc.

To clean the disc:

Caution - Caution -

Do not use solvents like benzine, paint thinner, antistatic aerosol spray or abrasive cleaners to clean compact discs.

Handling and Storing Compact Discs

Inserting a Compact Disc into the Drive

To insert a compact disc into the SunCD 4 drive:
  1. Push the eject button to open the drive tray.

    You may need to unmount the disc before manually ejecting it. You can also eject the disc with software commands. Refer to the peripherals handbook that corresponds to your operating system.

  2. Place the disc (label side up) into the tray.

  3. Rotate the plastic retainers over the disc if the drive is positioned vertically. Ensure that two retainers are over the bottom of the disc to prevent the disc from sliding out of the tray.

  4. Push the front of the tray or the eject button to close the tray.

Drive Status

The front panel LED provides drive status that is dependent on indicator flash rate. After the tray is closed, the LED blinks at 0.8 second intervals. After initial spin up, the LED:

Note -

If the drive remains inactive for a long period, the spindle motor stops, and the LED turns off. When the drive receives another command, the spindle motor starts and the LED lights automatically.

Performance Specifications


1-X Speed 

2-x Speed 

4-x Speed 

Rotational Speed

200 - 530 rpm 

400 - 1,060 rpm 

800 - 2,120 rpm 

Data transfer rate Mode 1

150 Kbytes per second 

300 Kbytes per second 

600 Kbytes per second 

Data transfer rate Mode 2

171 Kbytes per second 

342 Kbytes per second 

684 Kbytes per second 

Access time

320 ms 

230 ms 

190 ms 

Seek time

210 ms 

180 ms 

150 ms 

Environmental Specifications



5 - 50o C, 11o C/hour (max) gradient 



-10 - +60o C 

Relative humidity


8% - 80% (wet bulb temperature of 27o C max) 



5% - 90% 



5 - 500 Hz 2.45m/s2 (0.25g)



5 - 10 Hz 5mm, 10 - 500 Hz 9.8m/s2 (1.0g)



10 - 25 Hz 9.8m/s2 (1.0g)



0 - 3000m 



1 - 12000m 

Physical Characteristics


41.5 mm (1.63 in) 


146 mm (5.75 in) 


190 mm (7.48 in excluding bezel) 


0.9 kg (1.98 lb) 

Power Requirements


+5 VDC 5%