Reprinted from a Lite-On IT press release:

Lite-On IT Corporation, the world’s leader in optical storage solution proudly announces its’ highest capacity and performance DVD ReWritable Dual (+/-) format drive, the 16X SOHW-1633S, supporting the latest “turn of the technology crank” by offering 8.5GB in Double Layer capacity. This new innovative Double Layer drive benefits both consumers and businesses in need of ample, yet cost-effective storage solutions. The SOHW-1633S is an excellent solution for audio enthusiasts seeking to archive more songs and videophiles searching for a way to easily store more digital content. SOHO’s and other businesses that disseminate database information or instructional materials and videos on DVD will appreciate the vast capacity provided by this drive.

Also available in an external version around October, the SOHW-1633SX offers an integrated USB 2.0 port for easy, flexible connectivity, and is ideal for users ‘on the go’.

Nearly doubling the storage capacity of current DVD recordable discs, the Double Layer SOHW-1633S & SOHW-1633SX drives allow users to record up to four hours of high-quality MPEG-2 video or up to 8.5GB of data, music and/or images on compatible DVD+R DL media. Consumers can store more than 2,000 songs which is the equivalent of 7 days of music, or four hours of high quality video without a commercial break on a single Double Layer disc. A Double Layer disc can also hold up to 17,000 JPEG files or up to 17 hours of VHS quality video.

DVD Features
SOHW-1633S and SOHW-1633SX drives possess an onboard 2MB buffer and utilize Lite-On patented cutting edge technologies: SMART-BURN for optimizing the quality of each burn,SMART-X for setting the optimum speed of operation and FDSS (Floating Double Suspension System) for reducing noise and vibration.

The key performance specifications of each drive are achieved with supported media only.

MEDIA       DVD+R/+RW  DVD-R/-RW  DVD-ROM  CD-R  CD-RW  CD-ROM 
MAX. Speed   16x/4x      8x/4x      16x     48x   24x     48x 

Compatibility
This drive supports Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP operating environments.

Software
The SOHW-1633S & SOHW-1633SX drives bundle an impressive assortment of DVD authoring software and recording applets for creation of data, music, and video discs, including Ahead’s Nero Express 6, Nero Vision Express, and PowerDVD from Cyberlink. For sheer simplicity and power, these applications are ideally suited to meet a wide range of consumer requirements for the creation and playback of DVDs, VCDs, and SVCDs.

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