The DVD+RW Alliance announced today it has released the
specifications for 12x/16x DVD+R DL recording.
The new v1.2 standard covers the 12x and the 16x
burning speed for DVD+R DL media, a significant upgrade to the
currently supported speed of 8x. The total burning time when
recording at 16x will be 9 minutes (8.5GB), according to the DVD+RW
Currently, Plextor and Pioneer are offering DVD burners capable of
writing on selected 8x DVD+R DL media at 10x. Both 12x/16x new media
and drives are expected in the market by the end of this year.
However, the DVD+RW Alliance did not clarify whether the 12x/16x
DVD+R DL media will be compatible with all recording devices, even
at lower recording speeds.
The 12X speed on 8cm DVD+R DL media is also expected to be among the
main focus of the DVD+RW Alliance.
In the meantime, the DVD Forum has approved the 10x and 12x DVD-R DL
recording standards last November.
The DVD+RW Alliance is an industry group that supports DVD+R/+RW
formats and develops the corresponding specifications. The
participating companies in the group include Hewlett Packard,
Mitsubishi Chemical Media (Inc.), Royal Philips electronics, Ricoh,
SONY and Yamaha.