Reprinted from a Lite-On press release:

Lite-On IT Corporation, a world leader in optical storage solutions is introducing its highest capacity / performance DVD ReWritable Dual (+/-) format drives, the 16X SOHW-1693S. This new drive offers 8.5GB in Double Layer capacity, providing an ample and cost effective storage solution for consumers and businesses. It is an excellent solution for audio enthusiasts seeking to archive more music and videophiles looking 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 enormous capacity provided.

External version SOHW-1693SX will follow the internal version by one month which will incorporate an integrated USB 2.0 port for easy and flexible connectivity — a tremendous benefit for users on the go.

Nearly doubling the storage capacity of current DVD recordable discs, the Double Layer SOHW-1693S/SX drive allows 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, 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.

Both internal and external optical drives possess an onboard 2MB buffer and utilize Lite-On patented cutting edge technologies including 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.

SOHW-1693S AND SX MODELS MEDIA DVD+R/+RW DVD-R/-RW DVD+R9 DVD-ROM CD-R CD-RW CD-ROM 
         Maximum Speed          16X/8X    16X/6X     4X     16X   48X   24X   48X

The SOHW-1693S/SX drive bundles 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.

Lite-On DVD drives, CD drives, and Consumer Electronics products are available through select retailers, resellers and distributors in the North and South America.

Please feel free to contact your authorized Lite-On Distributor, Reseller or Retailer for additional information.

For information on other Lite-On products, visit us at http://www.liteonamericas.com/ .

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