Information processing apparatus having a multitasking function with one or more optical discs

  • US 5,748,575 A
  • Filed: 03/05/1996
  • Issued: 05/05/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/05/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An information processing apparatus with multitasking function, the information processing apparatus comprising:

  • (a) a plurality of turntables, each comprising a disc-setting table for mounting an optical disc;

    (b) a plurality of optical units, each comprising a driving means and an optical read head, wherein said driving means is provided for moving said optical read head in a radial direction of said optical disc to a predetermined disc position on a surface of said optical disc;

    (c) means for simultaneously controlling a plurality of said driving means to move a plurality of said optical read heads to a plurality of predetermined disc positions on at least two optical discs for retrieving information stored thereon;

    (d) a plurality of signal-process systems for converting a plurality of information sets retrieved by said plurality of optical read heads from a compact disc format to the original state of the information; and

    (e) data transmitting means for transmitting a plurality of the information sets converted by said plurality of signal-process systems to a host computer.

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