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TDK AID+1616DLN Dual Format DVD Writer
By Justin Ong
Category : Optical Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 11th September, 2004
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  


The race to reach the pinnacle of DVD±R write speed has finally ended. We're now at a juncture where the write speed for DVD±R has maxed out at an impressive and speedy 16x. The arrival at this write speed signifies yet another milestone for optical storage. However, manufacturers aren't taking a breather just yet. Another race is already gaining steam and this is going to be a race focused on both capacity and speed (as always). But that's a story to be told in the future. As of now, 16x dual format DVD writers are still the stars of the show. One such star is TDK's 1616DLN. Besides having a speedy 16x write speed for DVD±R media, the drive boasts a fast 4x DVD+R DL write speed as well. But before we edge on further, here's a quick look at the drive's capabilities.

TDK AID+1616DLN Technical Specification
  • Enhanced IDE (E-IDE)/ATAPI (Ultra DMA33)
Write Speed (DVD)
  • DVD+R: 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x
  • DVD-R: 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x
  • DVD+RW: 2.4x, 4x
  • DVD-RW: 2x, 4x
  • DVD+R DL: 2.4x, 4x
Write Speed (CD)
  • CD-R: 8x, 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x, 48x
  • CD-RW: 4x, 10x, 16x, 20x, 24x
Read Speed (DVD)  
  • Single Layer DVD-ROM: 16x
  • Double Layer DVD-ROM: 7x
  • Access Time: 140ms
Read Speed (CD)
  • CD-ROM: 48x Max (CAV)
  • CD-RW: 32x Max (P-CAV)
  • Access Time: 120ms
Readable Formats (DVD)
  • DVD-Video (Single Layer/Double Layer)
  • DVD+R
  • DVD+RW
  • DVD-R
  • DVD-RW
Readable Formats (CD)
  • CD-ROM (Mode 1 & 2)
  • Photo CD (Single and Multiple Session)
  • CD-DA
  • CD-Extra
  • CD-Text
  • Video CD
  • CD Plus
  • Hybrid-CD
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
Writing Methods (DVD)
  • Disc At Once
  • Incremental Recording
  • Multi-Border Recording
  • Loss-less Linking for DVD+RW
Writing Formats (CD-R/RW)
  • Disc-at-Once
  • Track-at-Once
  • Session-at-Once
  • Multisession
  • Packet Writing
Extraction Speed
  • DVD-Video: 5x (Max)
  • Digital Audio: 32x (CAV)
  • 2 MB with Buffer Underrun Protection
  • Upgradeable FlashROM
Physical Characteristics
  • Dimension: 145(W) x 41(H) x 190(D)mm w/o bezel
  • Weight: 1.0kg (approx)

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