HP To Ship Dual-Format, Layer DVD Burner

Olenick, Doug
August 2004
TWICE: This Week in Consumer Electronics;8/9/2004, Vol. 19 Issue 16, p48
Trade Publication
This article reports on the capability of Hewlett-Packard to solve the backward-compatibility issues with its first dual-format/dual-layer digital video disk burner and will start shipping units by late July 2005. The HP DVD Writer dvd530i product was originally slated to ship in June 2005, but at that time the unit was only compatible with about 40 percent of the DVD players on the market. According to Doreen Canova, company product marketing manager, compatibility is the most important issue and it is at 90 percent. The internal dvd530i product has 2.4x speed for burning dual-layer DVD+R media, while single-layer Plus and Dash media has write speeds up to 8x. An external version of the drive with 16x dual-layer speed is expected for release, and while there is nothing firm from the DVD Forum, which is charged with developing the Dash specification, a dual-layer Dash drive and media could be available during the first half of 2005. Allegedly, the company is a supporter of the Plus format, but decided to develop a dual-format drive in order to meet customer demand. Apparently. most dual-format vendors feel consumers have the ability to conclude the DVD Plus and Dash format war through their purchases of blank media.


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