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Lite-On's new DVD Burners - Burning at 12x and with Dual Layers

By Shawn Baker from Jul 31, 2004 @ 23:00 CDT

Lite-On 832S


- Specifications


ATAPI / E-IDE Half-Height internal DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD+R9 / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD-ROM / CD-R / CD-RW / CD-ROM combination drive


Supported Double Layer DVD+R9 Recording Function


SMART-BURN avoiding Buffer UnderRun Error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality


SMART-X function adjusts CD-DA / VCD / DVD data extraction to a fastest allowable speed according to both data request rate from host and disk quality


VAS system reduce vibration and noise during recording and reading


Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn


DVD read compliant : DVD single / dual layer ( PTP / OTP ), DVD-R ( 3.9 GB / 4.7 GB ), DVD-R multi-borders, DVD+R, DVD+R multi-sessions, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW


CD read compliant : CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM / XA, Photo-CD, Multi-session, Karaoke-CD, Video-CD, CD-I FMV, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD-R, and CD-RW


Supprot both 8 cm and 12 cm disc of CD and DVD family


Conform to Orange Book : Part 2 CD-R Volume 1, Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 ( 1x, 2x, and 4x ), Part 3 CD-RW Volume 2 : High Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 3 : Ultra Speed


Supported transfer mode : PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2 and Ultra DMA mode 2


DVD Family:


Write DVD+R 8x ( 10800 KB/sec ) maximum by Z-CLV


DVD-R 8x ( 10800 KB/sec ) maximum by Z-CLV


DVD+R9 2.4x ( 3240 KB/sec ) maximum by CLV


ReWrite DVD+RW 4x ( 5400 KB/sec ) by CLV


DVD-RW 4x ( 5400 KB/sec ) by CLV


Read 12x ( 16200 KB/sec ) maximum by CAV


Access time 160 ms


CD Family:


Write CD-R 40x ( 6000 KB/sec ) maximum by P-CAV


ReWrite CD-RW 24x ( 3600 KB/sec ) maximum by Z-CLV in UltraSpeed disc


Read 40x ( 6000 KB/sec ) maximum by CAV


Access time 160 ms


Buffer Size: 2 MB


PC Required: Pentium III 450 MHz or faster CPU and 128 MB or higher RAM are required 650 MB HDD available capacity; and 5 GB free space for creating a DVD image file


Compatibility: Windows 98 / NT 4.0 / ME / 2000 / XP


MTBF ( Life ): 70,000 Hours


S/N Ration: > 75 dB




Operating 5C to 45C; Relative Humidity : 15% to 80%


Non-Operating -40C to 60C; Relative Humidity : 15% to 95%


Dimension: 145.0 ( W ) x 41.3 ( H ) x 170.0 ( D ) mm


Weight: < 0.9 Kg


Voltage Requirements:


+5V +/-5% and less than 100 mVp-p ripple voltage


- The Package


The box of the 832S is a little bit more exciting then the 1213S as you can see it also advertises the included software package a little more. This is a black drive which we will have a closer look at in just a moment.



The back of the box is very similar as the 1213S as far as the layout goes but the specifications are slightly different with this unit being capable of burning Dual Layer disks.



This package is really exactly the same as the 1213S. We have a copy of PowerDVD, some blank media and a copy of Nero so you can start burning straight away. There would be a universal package for all of Lite-On's burners and you will find that all the packages are very similar except the version of software is slowly updated over time. It would have been nice for some included Dual Layer media but with the steep price of this media at the moment, it might be better to purchase it yourself if you think you will use it.



- What is Dual Layer?



DVD Dual Layer technology has been around for a while as there are quite a few movies that are available on DVD using this technology which have more complex audio and visual effects (or special features) than other movies which only require a single layer DVD disk which can hold up to 4.7GB of data. Dual Layer technology almost doubles the amount of data you can store on one Dual Layer capable disk. This quick paragraph and image explains Dual Layer technology the best:


The dual-layer DVD+R system uses two thin embedded organic dye films for data storage separated by a spacer layer (see figure). Heating with a focused laser beam irreversibly modifies the physical and chemical structure of each layer such that the modified areas have different optical properties to those of their unmodified surroundings. This causes a variation in reflectivity as the disc rotates to provide a read-out signal as with commercially pressed read-only discs.



Source: Philips Press Release


With Dual Layer summarized in a nutshell, let's have a closer look at the burner.


- A Closer Look



The sticker is similar to the one on the 1213S minus a few changes. The drive name, serial number and manufacturing date are all different but apart from that it just explains that it is a Class 1 Laser Product and gives you a warning in a number of languages.





The front of the drive is similar to the 1213S except it is black and has the extra logo on the front that stands for Dual Layer. Moving to the back of the drive it is exactly the same as the 1213S, as you would expect.


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