Patent Number: 6,310,853

Title: Recording medium loading apparatus and recording medium recording and/or reproducing apparatus

Abstract: By reducing driving sources, the whole of the apparatus can be reduced in weight, made compact in size and a manufacturing cost can be reduced. The apparatus includes a plurality of disc trays on which optical discs can be held, an optical pickup device for recording or reproducing optical discs on the disc trays, a tray holder for housing a plurality of disc trays in such a manner that the disc trays are stacked, elevating means for elevating the tray holder in the direction approximately perpendicular to the direction in which a plurality of disc trays are stacked, translating means for translating the disc trays among a first position at which the optical disc can be held on the disc tray, a second position at which the disc trays are housed in the tray holder and a third position at which the optical disc on the disc tray can be recorded or reproduced by the optical pickup device and a single motor for supplying a driving force to the elevating means and the translating means.

Inventors: Ito; Shinji (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G11B 17/30 (20060101); G11B 17/26 (20060101); G11B 017/22 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018