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James Fee
07-17-2004, 12:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040713005670&newsLang=en' target='_blank'>http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040713005670&newsLang=en</a><br /><br /></div>Well we have yet another Dual-Layer ± DVD Burner in the wings. You'll remember these new Dual-Layer drives have a capacity of about 8.5 GB so they are perfect for backing up video. AOpen expects the burner to retail for less than $150. 8O <br /><br /> <img src="http://www.digitalmediathoughts.com/images/aopen.jpg" /> <br /><br />"SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2004--AOpen(R) Inc., an award-winning, global leader in PC component design and manufacturing, has announced the upcoming launch and shipment of its new 16X DL (double Layer) DVD+/-RW burners for late July 2004. Unlike a number of competitive manufacturers who are experiencing shipment delays due to a shortage of critical parts, AOpen has overcome such limitations through careful planning and negotiations for key components, and is on-schedule to be one of the world's first manufacturers to deliver the new drives this year. <br /><br />"We've been able to beat all the odds and strategically position the launch of our new AOpen DUW1608/ARR, 16X DL DVD+/-RW burners at the very beginning of the product's life cycle," said Scott Chien, Vice President and General Manager, Optical Storage Devices, AOpen Inc. "We're one of the few manufacturers with a sufficient supply of LDs (laser diodes) and will be one of the first to market as a result." <br /><br />The new burners feature the fastest currently available write speeds of 16X for various popular recordable disc media including DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW. The drives also feature an extremely large storage capacity of 8.5GB -- well suited for large data back-ups, movies, music files and wide range of multimedia applications. <br /> <!> <br />The new AOpen DUW1608/ARR 16X DL DVD Burner is projected to be value-priced with an exceptionally reasonable MSRP of less than $150 USD and will come with a 1-year limited warranty. For more information on this upcoming product, contact Michele Sun at: 408-232-1253 or by e-mail at: Michele_Sun@aopen.com. <br /><br />About AOpen <br /><br />Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, with AOpen America's headquarters in San Jose, California, AOpen Inc. is the world's largest total PC component solutions manufacturer and a member of an $18-billion technology group. Leveraging more than 28 years of technology manufacturing experience and more than 1,000 Group patents, AOpen designs, manufactures and markets high-quality, state-of-the-art motherboards; housings; small-form-factor bare systems; VGA cards; white-box notebooks; optical drives; multimedia headsets and headphones; multimedia and network solutions; as well as numerous other PC component products sold through VARs to institutional, corporate, education and government customers, and via retailers to small business and end-user customers. <br /><br />Editor's Note: For additional information, evaluation units, product photos or executive interviews at AOpen, please contact Fred Gillaspy, InterSight Communications Corporation, 831-239-4292. More information about AOpen, AOpen Products, services, and business partners is available at: <a href="www.AOpen.com">www.AOpen.com</a>. <br /><br />AOpen is a registered trademark of AOpen Inc. All other products, brand names or companies are trademarks or registered marks of their respective companies."

Philip Colmer
07-17-2004, 07:03 AM
That certainly is an amazing price point and one that will only be good for consumers and encourage competition :-)

One thing that isn't clear is the capability of the dual-layer feature. Most, if not all, of the drives announced so far can only do either DL +RW or DL -RW. There doesn't seem to be a drive yet that can do dual-layer with both plus and minus formats.

Note that just because a drive can do single layer DVD+/-, doesn't necessarily mean it can do the same with dual layer and that is what I'm waiting for :wink: