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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Ridisc Media Tests

13. HP DVD640i (fw ES04)

Drive Performance

•Write: CD-R: up to 40x (CAV or P-CAV); CD-RW up to 24x (Z-CLV); DVD+R up to 16x (CAV); DVD+R DL 2.4x (CLV); DVD+RW up to 4x (CLV); DVD-R up to 8x (Z-CLV); DVD-RW up to 4X (CLV)

•Read: CD-ROM up to 40x (CAV); DVD-ROM up to 16x (CAV)

•LightScribe labeling approximate times:
Setting Title Only Title & content Full label (w/ graphics)
Best <4 min. <9 min. <36 min.
Normal <3 min. <7 min. <28 min.
Draft <2 min. <4 min. <20 min.

•Sustained transfer: 1x CD = 150 KB/s (data mode 1); 1x DVD = 1353 KB/s

•Burst transfer rate: 33 MB/sec
•Access time: 160 ms avg random access (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM)

•Disc finalization time: DVD: <2 minutes at 4x (DVD+R single-layer disc); CD: <1 minute typical

•Spin up time: 6 Seconds

•RIP speed: Extract a 4-minute audio track in less than 15 seconds, 16x minimum

•Mean time between failures (MTBF): 70,000 POH at 25ºC

•Reliability: Audio, Data Mode 2, and Mode 2 Form 2: < 1 uncorrectable frame in 10-9 bits read; Data Mode 1 and Mode 2 Form 1: < 1 uncorrected frame in 10-12 bits read.

System Requirements

•Operating system compatibility: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000 Professional SP3 (Latest service packs recommended)

•Minimum system requirements: 800 MHz Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent, 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium IV processor or equivalent recommended (Actual drive performance depends on PC configuration); 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended for video editing); 1024x768 video resolution with a minimum of 16-bit color required for ArcSoft Showbiz DVD; Minimum hard disk space requirements: 650 MB free for included software installation, 10 GB free for DVD video disc creation (18 GB free for double-layer). Internet connectivity recommended for software updates

•Video capture: IEEE 1394 interface or analog video capture device
device required


•Device write media compatibility: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW media

•Device read media compatibility: DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA,
CD Extra, CD-ROM (Mode 1 – Yellow Book), CD-ROM XA & CD-I (Mode 2/Form 2 – Green Book), Photo-CD (single and multi-session),
VCD, CD-Text

Regulatory •Safety: IEC 950 compliant; USA – UL, CDRH Radiation Control Standards 21; CFR 1010 and 1020-1 0.50; Canada – CSA or CUL; Europe – LVD 73/23/EEC 93/68/EC; IEC 60950 plus amendments, EN60825 plus amendments, EMCD 89/336/EEC plus amendments

•Operating temperature: 5° to 45° C (41° to 113° F)

•Storage temperature: -30° to 60° C (-22° to 140° F)

•Transportation temperature: -30° to 60° C (-22° to 140° F)

•Operating humidity: 10%-80% RH

•Storage humidity: 10%-95% RH

•Operating shock: 1G, 11 ms 1/2 sine (Write) (DVD); 2G, 11 ms 1/2 sine (Write) (CD)

•Non-operating shock: 50G 11 ms 1/2 sine, power off, without disc

•Operating vibration: 0.2G RMS

•Non-operating vibration: 2G RMS

•Acoustics: 55 dB @ 50 cm distance (reading unbalanced media)

•Power requirements: 5V +/- 5%; 12V +/- 5%

•Power consumption: 25 watts maximum

Methods, Standards, Formats

•Supported Video formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, QuickTime, WMV (requires Media Player 9)

•Video standards: NTSC, PAL

•Audio formats: WAV, MP3, WMA

•Logical recording format: UDF, ISO 9660, CD-DA, DVD-Video, VCD

•Write methods: Track at once, disc at once, (CD-RW and CD-R); Random Write/Overwrite (DVD+RW), Sequential Write (DVD+R,
DVD+R DL, DVD+RW), Multisession (DVD+R, DVD+R DL), Incremental (DVD-R/-RW), Multi-Border (DVD-R/-RW), Restricted overwrite (DVD-RW)

•Encoding method: EFM, EFM Plus


•1-year hardware and software warranty from date of purchase.

•5-7 day turnaround on standard hardware unit exchange. (The turnaround time may vary depending on region.)

- 4X DVD+R @ 4X

- 4X DVD-R @ 4X

- 8X DVD-R @ 8X ( TTG02)

- 8X DVD-R @ 8X ( RITEK G05)

- 8X DVD-R @ 8X ( CMC MAG AE1)

- 16X DVD+R @ 16X ( CMC MAG M01)

- Summary

Media Code ID Speed Time
4X DVD-R RITEK G04 4X 15:06
8X DVD-R TTG02 8X 9:23
8X DVD-R RITEK G05 8X 8:03
8X DVD-R pr. CMC MAG AE1 8X 8:18
16X DVD+R CMC MAG M01 16X 9:10

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