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Asustek showcases DRW-0402P/D and aggressively explores the optical storage market

Taiwan-based Asustek Computer presented its own-brand 4x half-height DVD-Dual drive DRW-0402P/D with Enhanced-IDE (ATAPI) interface. The drive comes with a suggested retail price of about US$257 and uses Pioneerís pick-up heads (PUHs) and NECís chipsets.

As for writing speed, it is as follows:

  • DVD+R: 4X, 2.4X (CLV)
  • DVD+RW: 2.4X (CLV)
  • DVD-R: 4X, 2X, 1X (CLV)
  • DVD-RW: 2X, 1X (CLV)
  • CD-R: 16X, 12X, 8X, 4X (CLV)
  • CD-RW: 10X, 4X (CLV)

Reading speed is 12X max. (CAV) for DVD-ROM, 32X max. (CAV) for CD-ROM media.


Other features:

  • Buffer Underrun Errors Prevention for CD and DVD Recording
  • UDMA33 Supported
  • Free Bundle of Latest CD/DVD Recording/Editing Software
  • Vertical and Horizontal Mounting Available
  • User-Oriented Front Panel Design
  • Air Vent Design for Optimal Drive Temperature
  • Supports DAO, TAO, SAO, Packet Write
  • Supports Windows XP/ NT/ ME/ 2000/ 98SE
  • Supports Multi-Formats: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM Mode1, CD-ROM/XA Mode2, Photo CD, CD-I, CD-Extra, CD-Text

    Initial monthly shipments of the DRW-0402P/D will be about 50,000 units, while the company targets shipping 300,000 units for the full year, the company said. Acording to the sources Asustek expects to ship 10-12 million optical storage drives in 2003, compared to six million units sold last year.

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