CD and DVD drive firm Plextor has expanded its range with a second external dual-format DVD writer drive, the PX-712UF.
Using the DVD plus format, the PX-712UF writes DVDs at 12x and rewrites at 4x. With the DVD minus format it writes at 8x and rewrites at 4x. The device is also capable of reading DVD-Roms at 16x.
Plextor said the device, which incorporates an 8MB buffer, will be aimed at consumers wanting to create home videos and back-ups, compose photograph collections and save digital music.
The drive supports CD TEXT, together with Lossless Linking and Zero Link for DVD+R/RW.
The PX-712UF supports background formatting and boasts access times of less than 100ms for CD and 150ms for DVD. It ships with USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces.
System requirements for the PX-712UF are a PC with a Pentium III 800Mhz or higher, 128MB memory, and 1GB of free disk space running Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
The firmware is stored in FlashROM, designed to make it possible to upgrade to the latest version.
Separately, NEC has launched the ND6500, an 8-speed DVD RW, to support the new Double Layer format. It has been developed to meet the need for higher data back-up on portable PCs, NEC said.
The ND6500 can store up to 8.5Gb of text, graphics and video, and transfers data at a rate of 11,000Kbps. The device also has 2MB of memory.
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