Samsung Introduces $75 Dual-Layer DVD Burner

Reprinted from a Samsung press release:

Samsung Electronics Ltd., the worldwide digital consumer electronics and information technology leader, builds on the tremendous success of its award-wining 16X DVD ReWritable disc drive technology with the introduction of the faster, more powerful Writemaster TS-H552U. Designed for the consumer market, the TS-H552U offers an amazing 5X dual layer speed recording — one of the fastest in the industry today. The TS-H552U is currently shipping nationwide with an estimated street price of $75.

The 5X dual layer speed recording of the TS-H552U is twice as fast as Samsung’s first 16X dual layer DVD RW drive. This dramatically improved speed helps to significantly cut down on timing issues, such as backup recording. For example, a file that would have taken 30 minutes to back up, now just takes 15 minutes, which is particularly helpful for users who conduct vast amounts of video or data backup. The 5X dual layer speed also allows users to input large amounts of data, such as video, photos or information from a database, onto a DVD at a much fast rate compared to Samsung’s first drive. The TS-H552U also offers further advanced stability in dual layer operation than in prior drives.

Supporting all the popular DVD recordable/rewritable formats, the TS-H552U provides computer users with greater storage power and even more flexibility to enjoy favorite movies and music, and archive data without regard to format variations.

“With DVD storage now the standard media format, Samsung is capitalizing upon the success of its current line of drives and is looking for ways to offer consumers even greater drive speed, quality and features,” comments Albert Kim, National Sales Manager, Storage Systems for Samsung SSI. “The new TS-H552U provides users with one of the fastest dual layer drives on the market today, allowing them to burn or convert video clips, create custom CD-R discs in just minutes and save vast amounts of data faster than ever. The TS-H552U further empowers computer users and multimedia enthusiasts by offering cutting-edge technologies at an ultra-affordable price point.”

The TS-H552U offers double-layer data storage up to 8.5GB in one disc, which is two times more than single-layer DVD and 12 times more than a CD disc. Samsung’s latest drive also features its Silent Pulse Width Modulation (SPWM) technology and an Automatic Ball Balancing System (ABS) to reduce noise when recording or reading at high speeds and ensure outstanding functionality.

Many high-end technologies are featured in the TS-H552U to ensure quick and reliable performance of the drive. These technologies include Speed Adjustment Technology (SAT), which automatically optimizes the speed according to the disc quality; Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC), which gives the disc a tilt with the objective lens for the most reliable writing condition; and Double Optimum Power Control (OPC), which strengthens the writing performance by controlling the laser power in the inner and outer sides of the disc. The drive also includes a power save function and technology to prevent Buffer Under Run Error.

The TS-H552B is capable of recording DVD+R media at 16X, DVD-R at 16X, DVD+/-RW at 4X and double layer DVD+R. For more information about Samsung’s Optical disc drives visit the Web site at

Data Transfer Rate

Media Type         Write             Read
DVD+R              16X (21.6MB/sec)  8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD+R Double Layer  5X (6.75MB/sec)  8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD+RW              4X (5.4MB/sec)   8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-R              16X (21.6MB/sec)  8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-RW              4X (5.4MB/sec)   8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-ROM              -              16X (21.6MB/sec)
CD-ROM               -              48X (7.2MB/sec)
CD-R               40X (6.0MB/sec)  48X (7.2MB/sec)
CD-RW              32X (4.8MB/sec)  32X (4.8MB/sec)

Burst Transfer Rate: PIO Mode 4 (16.6MB/sec); Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec)

Average Seek Time: DVD-ROM: 130ms; CD-ROM: 110ms

Supported Disc: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM/XA, CD-ROM, CD-Audio, Video-CD, CD-I(FMV), Photo CD, CD-Extra, CD-TEXT

Buffer Memory: 2 MB

Dimensions (WxHxD mm): 148.2 x 42 x 184

Weight (kg): 0.75

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