20x DVD burners may become mainstream in 4Q 2007

With Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell evaluating the feasibility of adopting half-height 20x DVD burners, and other PC brands already having decided to adopt such burners for market segmentation and the promotion of sales of desktop PCs equipped with Windows Vista in the second quarter, 20x stands a good chance of replacing 16x to become the mainstream writing speed of DVD burners in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to leading Taiwan optical disc drive makers.

Lite-On IT started volume production of 20x DVD burners in late 2006, while Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology (TSST) began production of 18x DVD burners but were not interested in producing 20x models then, the sources indicated. In view of emerging OEM and ODM orders for 20x DVD burners and the likelihood of increasing volumes, HLDS, TSST and Pioneer are preparing to start volume production of 20x DVD burners in the second quarter, the sources pointed out.

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Jugalator said,
Now, if only HD-DVD / Blu-ray burners could become more mainstream... :)

No kidding, how about a nextgen HD compatible drive (either type) for about $250 with discs for $1. I could really use the extra space for backups (long term storage). I am so sick of using USB2 and 1394 external hard drives. Even with a TB or two it fills up so quickly.

er... how is this gonna make me burn dvds faster than 2X now?

until the quality of blanks improve, i don't think i'll be in a hurry to make more coasters.

Unless there is something revolutionary here, and I can't imagine how it could be considering DVD is dead, an increase like this would get you something around 10-20 seconds at most of improved writespeed for a full dvd5.
18x was already close to the max rotational speed specs so this almost certainly must pass that boundry.
It's not like all discs will explode at that point, and the unit will probably only allow you to burn special media at that speed.
Even if all of it works fine, who would want to burn a full dvd at 20X for anything else than temporary storage that you throw away almost right after you used it once?
I guess these things still sell though and it's probably a good buy, but dvd writers arn't going anywhere, this is the end of the line unless hell freezes over.

just got a Sony External 16X DRU820u burner and i love the thing but i don't think i'll need a 20X one or even 18X (DRU830) My Laptop's drive will be 8X when i can afford it (damn IBM stuff so expensive) and i'll be happy with that too. i had a 4X before and all i really wanted was to have an 8X as i wouldn't burn much faster than that and can't if i'm doing it over the network (wireless)

I don't see the point. I've seen a lot of readers (and standalone players) that have problems reading back DVDs burned at high speed. I have a 16x burner, but always choose to burn at 4x only.

Do you choose to select 4x or is it the burner? If it's the burner, then thats because of incompatible media for 16x speeds. Try looking at updated firmware.

I also only do 4x max. I have 16x media and burner, but I dont trust burning at real high speeds, never have since the old days of cd burning. Used to do 8x max on cds.

I found higher speeds give more frequent coasters.

_dandy_ said,
I don't see the point. I've seen a lot of readers (and standalone players) that have problems reading back DVDs burned at high speed. I have a 16x burner, but always choose to burn at 4x only.

Maybe you guys need better burners. I burn everything at 16x and I never get coasters or bad burns.

NeoFlux said,
Do you choose to select 4x or is it the burner? If it's the burner, then thats because of incompatible media for 16x speeds. Try looking at updated firmware.

I guess you missed the part where I wrote "I have a 16x burner, but always choose to burn at 4x only. "

I suppose I'll try to keep my posts shorter in the future, for the ADD-inflicted.

But just imagine how many people want to stand next to their computers proud - chin up, patting on the top of the case, telling their buddies "yeah... this baby's equipped with a 20x DVD burner"

Thats true, but other methods can be used to gain faster speeds. Remember the CD-Burner with the 7 lasers? Would like to see something like that come back.