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World’s first 18x rewritable DVD

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June 13, 2006

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June 14, 2006 One of the most competitive areas of technology is the speed with which we write to optical storage media – five minutes saved writing a DVD is something we’re all prepared to pay for. And Samsung loves the bigger/better/faster game, so it’s not surprising that we’re announcing yet another first , this time as the first manufacturer to market an 18X rewritable DVD and 12X DVD-RAM writable drive with its new WriteMaster SH-S182D, a five percent recording time improvement over the industry’s current 16X drives.

The SH-S182D features a speedy 8X double layer recording and quick 12X DVD-RAM recording, providing a five-minute improved RAM writing time over current drives.

Utilizing Samsung’s Super-WriteMaster technology, the SH-S182D is an advanced triple-format drive that supports DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM recording. Traditional DVD-RW and DVD+RW drives limit media to a 1,000 time re-recording capacity, while DVD-RAM drives offer an amazing 100,000 re-recording capability that is more comparable to a hard drive than an optical drive. With its DVD-RAM recording functionality, the SH-S182D is ideal for IT professionals for use in enterprise and network storage applications. For businesses that perform daily or weekly back up of vast amounts of data from hard drives and are looking for a robust drive or media format that can handle the demands of multiple re-writes, the SH-S182D is the ultimate solution.

The SH-S182D can store 8.5GB on one disc, which is two times more than a single-layer DVD and 12 times more than a CD. The drive’s 8X double layer speed recording also cuts down on burning times significantly and enables users to input large amounts of data such as video, photos or information from a database at an efficient rate.

The SH-S182D offers users the benefit of many advanced technologies including: Weight Balancing System (WBS) to maximize performance and lower the volume of in use clatter when recording or reading at top speeds; Speed Adjustment Technology, to match the speed to the functionality of the disc; Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC) for preferred writing condition when interacting with the objective lens; and Double Optimum Power Control, which balances the laser power on the sides of the disc for a better writing performance. Buffer Under Run Error is avoided by the power save attribute.

The SH-S182D incorporates a groove on the side of the front door and the back of the bezel, which helps to reduce noise and prevents dust from entering the unit. Samsung’s latest DVD drive is RoHS compliant and all Samsung optical disc drives uses lead-free soldering.

The SH-S182D will be shipping in June for an estimated street price of US$69.99.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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