Briefly mentioned in our CeBIT 2004 coverage Part 4, the next generation of DVD-Writers going by the fast 16x write speed will definitely be the new rage in town. With a double digit write speed, the 8-9 minute write time of 8x DVD-Writers will be put to shame as 16x DVD-Writers are reportedly able to cramp chunks of data into a 16x recordable DVD media in under just six minutes.
Having 16x write speed isn't enough it seems, as the next wave of DVD-Writers will have to support the new DVD±R9 format on top of existing '±' format from DVD Forum and DVD Alliance while retaining compatibility with existing DVD set-top video players and DVD-ROM drives. Ricoh, BenQ, Samsung and Sony already have one display unit each at CeBIT 2004 that boasts the speedy 16x DVD±R write speed and DVD±R9 capability, solidifying the fact that such drives is just around the corner. The point to bear in mind here is the write speed of the budding DVD±R9 format will start from a painstakingly slow speed of 2.4x, much in the same trend when DVD± format started out initially. If you didn't know already, DVD±R9 Dual-Layer format will put 8.5GB capacity on a single-sided dual-layer recordable DVD media; effectively doubling the storage capacity of current single-sided recordable single-layer DVD media.
While the Dual-Layer R9 format appears to be the primary optical format of the show, a Blu-Ray drive from Philips, on the other hand, kept the focus of the companies involved in bringing a high capacity DVD format to meet the demands of future HDTV recording in momentum. With the proliferation of these new and exciting optical storage technologies literally now at our doorsteps, the inevitable format supremacy battle will be thrown back as nothing more than reruns and the complexity of the various formats will undoubtedly be deemed as daunting to many. But before we venture into these exhilarating and mind-twisting technologies dawning us, we have with us today the current mainstream '88' DVD-Writer from ASUS.
Let's take a look at the performance of this drive before the '88's reach the end of the tunnel.