Plextor Introduces SATA 12X DVD Burner

With the PX-712SA, users can record a full DVD in less than 6 minutes at a burst rate of 16.5 MB per second, allowing them to create, edit, and share customized DVDs faster than ever before.

The new internal drive is the first Plextor product to feature an integrated Serial ATA connection, enabling OEMs and System Integrators to leverage the benefits of Serial ATA. Serial ATA, which extends bandwidth to 150 MB/sec, is an evolutionary replacement for the Parallel ATA (E-IDE) physical storage interface. The interface supports one device per controller connection, eliminating master/slave configuration jumper issues. SATA also provides a substantial pin count reduction from Parallel ATA, while thinner cables help air-flow and improve cable routing.

“The architecture of most PCs is shifting to Serial ATA as the preferred internal interface, which opens significant market opportunities for optical drives that take advantage of this new interface,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, Research Director, Removable Storage, IDC.

“Intel and Plextor have tested Plextor’s integrated Serial ATA PlexWriter drive and SATA Conversion Kits to ensure compatibility on a broad platform,” said Knut Grimsrud, Intel Senior Principal Engineer. “Plextor’s strong support for SATA will help spur adoption of this new interface standard in the optical disk drive market.”

“Plextor fully embraces the PC industry’s transition to SATA,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “By adding this fifth interface technology to our product line, Plextor now offers more interfaces than any optical disk drive manufacturer – ATAPI, SCSI, USB 2.0, FireWire, and the new SATA.”

Integrated SATA Drive and SATA Conversion Kit
The PX-712SA with integrated SATA interface supports 12X DVD+R and 8X DVD-R Writing; 4X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 16X max DVD-Reading. The DVD/CD burner also boasts high-speed 48X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 48X max CD-Reading. The drive includes a bundle of premium digital media software from Roxio (NASDAQ:ROXI), including Roxio® Easy CD & DVD Creatorâ„¢ 6 – DVD Edition, and Roxio PhotoSuite® 5 SE.

For customers who want to evaluate SATA performance, Plextor also offers a SATA Conversion Kit for its PlexWriterâ„¢ PX-5224A, Premium 52/32/52A CD-R/RW drives, and the PX-708A DVD±R/RW “dual format” 8X R-DVD drive. Plextor’s SATA Conversion Kit includes a SATA cable harness and IDE/Parallel ATA-to-SATA daughter board, enabling OEMs and systems integrators to evaluate SATA prior to availability of the PX-712SA.

Pricing and Availability
Plextor’s PX-712SA will be available in May with a suggested MSRP of $229.00 USD. SATA Conversion Kits are available on a limited basis and free-of-charge to qualified original equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and other developers of PC-based systems. Contact Plextor sales at 800-886-3935 for more information.