DVD+RW Alliance announced at CES that the decision upon the specifications for 16X DVD+R recording would be finalized within 2004, with the first 16x DVD+R burner to appear early next year.
According to the Alliance, the 16x DVD recording speed demands a rotation speed of 10,000 rpm(s) for the disc, so it is probably the physical limit for DVD recording, unless a further technical is achieved.
The complete standardization is expected in the beginning of autumn, and the first 16x DVD+R writer is expected by Spring 2005.
In addition, the DVD+RW Alliance representatives said that the first dual layer DVD+R recorder for PCs is expected in the market by Spring 2004, possibly launched by Sony or Ricoh.
In addition, the first home DVD+RW / +R recorders corresponding to writing on two layers (one side) will be also announced by vendors in the second half this year.
Regarding the prices, it is possible the first dual layer recorders to be more expensive than the current ones (single layer). And this because of the necessary improvements of the drive mechanisms and adjustments of the led required. Higher power demanded for dual layer recording also surcharge final price. However, mass production of the new recorders will soon keep the prices down.