Plextor Europe posted recently, an interesting article that explains various elements of recording and what Plextor believes for high-speed reading/recording: "...This brief will summarise some of the functions performed by the firmware, and explain some of the latest technologies that are being used in current Plextor CD-Recorders. Moreover, we will indicate for each of them how Plextor addresses the difficulties that arise, which will allow you to recognise the different elements of Plextor’s expertise that make the whole of a Plextor product..". A must read for all users - even for those who doesn't own a Plextor recorder ;-)
"...CD Recording and the process of writing are often discussed in magazines, website forums and the internet discussion groups. Some members often show a certain knowledge about a particular item, others can fill-in the blanks, but the whole picture is not often explained.
Manufacturers are also often reluctant to explain the technologies used in detail, fearing the competitors will learn and copy the result of their hard work, or that weak points may be revealed and emphasised. After all, the recorders are build with key components that are not as perfect as one would wish, and whose tolerances influence the complex tasks that are performed.
Plextor has always encouraged a very open and honest policy: correct information and accurate data in the publications, true test-results and no-nonsense explanations. Our view, in regards to new technologies, is that we want to support as many features as possible, but what we support should work flawlessly. This conservative approach has gained respect from major players in the industry and in the professional field.
Often we get requests from our users to integrate a certain feature. And we when cannot respond positively for a certain reason, there is great disappointment. But our customers can be assured that Plextor always takes their suggestions very seriously and investigates all feedback for feasibility.
New generations of Plextor Recorders are often partially based on existing designs, so proven technology is, in general, carried on to the new drives. Many of our customers appreciate this solid method of development and loyally follow the trend with confidence. It also frequently happens that older drive firmware is updated with the incorporation of new technology, which prolongs the lifetime of the drive and adds to the value of the product..."
Click upon the 'Source' link to download the pdf file. You can find other information about Plextor's technologies at Plextor Europe website (http://www.plextor.be/English/technical/technical_technology.html)