Plextor launches double layer DVD writer

Plextor has launched its first double layer compatible DVD writer. The drive is also the first from the company to offer up 16x DVD writing speeds to both DVD+R and DVD-R media.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  September 30, 2004

Plextor has launched its first double layer compatible DVD writer. The drive is also the first from the company to offer up 16x DVD writing speeds to both DVD+R and DVD-R media. Writing to DVD+R double layer media is done at 4x. Over standard single layer media, dual layer media offers a maximum capacity of 8.5GB per disc and is capable of holding four hours of high quality MPEG 2 video. Realizing that high speed DVD media is still scarce in most markets around the world, the company notes that the drive can in fact burn to standard 4.7GB 8x rated media at 16x speed. Rounding up the drive’s capabilities, the PX-716A can write to CD-R and CD-RW media at 48x and 24x. To help keep burn errors to a minimum, the company has put together a number of safety features collectively called Intelligent Recording. Intelligent Recording is made up of three core components “AutoStrategy”, “IntelligentTilt” and “PowerRec”. The three work in tandem to ensure that writing and reading quality is never compromised. The drive is also equipped with a standard 8MB of buffer memory and in conjunction with a Background Formatting function can format media while writing. Completing the list of safety features is Burn-Proof which, is the company’s own buffer underrun protection technology.

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