Philips to produce 8x DVD+RW drive

Philips Electronics introduces a new DVD+R/+RW data drive that offers high-speed 8x recording on DVD+R and 4x rewrite speeds on DVD+RW. With this DVDRW824 consumers are able to create a full 4.7 GB DVD+R disc in about half of the time of competing DVD recording drives. Next to its high-speed DVD recording, the DVDRW824 features 12x DVD read, 24x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW rewrite and 40x CD read speeds.

Like all Philips DVD recording products, the DVDRW824 is a DVD+R/+RW drive, as the DVD+R/+RW format delivers superior functionality and performance over any other DVD recordable format. “We are pleased to see that major suppliers of competing DVD formats have decided to offer the PLUS format as well, making PLUS the
-de facto- desired standard in the PC market. There is no need to add the burden of an inferior DVD format in this DVD+R/+RW drive as it delivers best functionality, simplicity and compatibility for a consumer to create their own content on a DVD”, says Henk de Wit, Business Manager Storage within the BCU Peripherals & Accessories, Philips Consumer Electronics.

“End-users require simplicity and convenience. DVD+R/+RW is the easiest and best solution for video and data recording”, says Maureen Weber, General Manager of Optical Storage Solutions Business for Hewlett-Packard. “That’s why HP has chosen the DVD+R/+RW format as the exclusive DVD writer format option for all its products.  For us it is evident: PLUS is all you need.”

The new high-speed drive DVDRW824 is developed and manufactured by the joint venture Philips & BenQ Digital Storage, and is based on Philips Optical Pickup Units and the innovative Nexperiaâ„¢ platform from Philips Semiconductors.

Samples of the new Philips 8x DVD+R/+RW drive are already supplied to the PC-OEM industry and production of the new DVD+R/+RW drive has started this month.  The drive will also be available as a complete Philips branded kit for retail sales and introduction in the retail market will start in September 2003.`

The drive kit will be supplied with an easy to use software suite, containing state of the art DVD and CD creation software with the best in class picture quality, making the DVDRW824 the most versatile storage drive for any PC user.

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