After invitation to the AOpen suite at Computex Taiwan, we had a chance to see the newest 16X dual layer DVD recorders in action; and we were surely not disappointed. Recent AOpen recorders, including the DDW8800, were based on alternative OEM designs and re-branded as AOpen. The newest DDW1608, on the other hand, will use an entirely new design and construction from AOpen. However, most intriguing is the Ricoh chipset inside. You may recall Ricoh's involvement in the first DVD recorder chipsets several years ago when 2.4X DVD+R drives were the norm.

Ricoh's newest endeavor in the DVD IC segment sports incredibly enticing features: 16X DVD+R, 16X DVD-R, dual layer support and fast CD write and read speeds. It seems Ricoh has been fairly busy over the last 18 months.

Here is a teaser of AOpen's DDW1608 burning a 16X DVD+R disc. When we actually receive the drive in a few weeks, we will run our typical battery of read, write and error tests.

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Below is a screenshot of BenQ's next generation 16X burner writing a disc in under 6 minutes.

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For an additional teaser, we included a shot of BenQ's entire next generation burner lineup, including 4X DVD+R9 devices.

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Other prototype designs were also featured on the show floor, including 16X LiteOn/Gigabyte designs using MediaTek's 16X MT1818E successor. Philips Taiwan also had a Nexperia reference design in a private booth, of which we were able to snag a picture. NuTech/Quanta has been using the Nexperia chipset design for their recent line of dvd recorders. Feel free to check out this document that we also snagged from Philips, which talks about the upcoming Nexperia 725x chipset.

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  • deathwalker - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    These new faster DVD recorders sound great...but the Media industry is sadly lagging in the support of new techlonogies...hell...the 8X burners have been on the market for a year and you can still hardly find and 8X media. Reply
  • Gage8 - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    Good thing I never bought a DVD burner :) Reply
  • RyanVM - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    Anybody but Plextor working on a native SATA writer? Reply
  • MaximillianSterling - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    The whole upcoming Blu-Ray/HD-DVD battle really scares me. This one won't be like CD+R/CD-R, which were different standards but at least they can use the same laser. The two new DVD standards cannot. One will have to win the battle quickly or were all going to be screwed. Is anybody else as scared about this as I am? Reply
  • LazyBoyTony - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    I'm still heavily disappointed at the lack of 8x media.... it'll be months before 12x and dual layer hits the streets..... *sigh* Reply
  • mkruer - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    Crap... Im going to have to find more porn so i can fill up the entire disk. LOL Reply
  • crazycarl - Friday, June 11, 2004 - link

    sccreeeeeeeech Reply
  • skunkbuster - Thursday, June 10, 2004 - link

    beep beep Reply
  • Apologiliac - Thursday, June 10, 2004 - link

    Vroooooom. Reply

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