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Monday, September 19, 2005

1. Introduction

Asus, one of the biggest hardware manufacturers, known for its reliable and high quality products, has released an internal CD Recorder, the CRW-5232A-T, equipped with the latest innovative technologies which includes a SATA interface, a feature that not many CDRW drives currently offer.


- SATA Interface enhances data transfer data capability up to 150MB/s

- Swift Data Recording
The ASUS CRW-5232A-T allows users to burn a full 650 MB CD in less than 2 and half minutes

- FlextraLin Buffer Underrun Errors Prevention Technology
Built-in FlextraLink prevents users from buffer underrun problems and eliminates the creation of unusable discs. Throughout the recording process, FlextraLink consistently monitors the data buffer status to ensure best recording quality under high-speed operation.

- FlextraSpeed Optimal Writing Speed Adjustment Technology
Built-in FlextraSpeed and AI Auto Speed Adjustment Tech. enhance accuracy and reliability when reading/writing/re-writing across a broad range of certified media in different formats. FlextraSpeed continuously monitors the recording media and sets the optimal writing speeds to ensure best recording quality. The ASUS proprietary FlextraSpeed occupies minimal system resources so the PC remains full operational and available for other applications even during recording process.

- Data Transfer Highway
Get on the data transfer highway with the Intel R915PM chipset. Combined with the DDRII Dual Channel memory module, the V6000V offers large memory bandwidth and processing speed with stability.

Noise reduction technology achievement with the combination of AFFM & DDSS II technologies:

1. Airflow Field Modification (AFFM): Eliminates the uneven airflow inside ASUS drive resulting in quieter and more stable operation.

2. Double Dynamic Suspension System (DDSS II): Anti-vibration system developed by ASUS.

The DDSS technology is designed to minimize the vibration caused by the spindle motor and resonance between components as well as the drive and PC cases. The ASUS patented DDSSII stabilizes, both horizontally and vertically, the pick-up head, achieving more precise tracking and focusing, while reducing vibration and noise caused by high-revolution spindle motors.

- Specifications
Data Transfer Rate CAV Write/ Z-CLV ReWrite/ CAV Read
Sustained Transfer Rate CD-ROM: 52X Max.
DAE: 52X Max.
CD-Write: 52X, Max.
CD-ReWrite: 32X, Max.
Random Access Time 100 ms typical
Writing Mode TAO (Track-At-Once)
DAO (Disc-At-Once)
SAO (Session-At-Once)
Packet Write, Multi-Session, DAO-RAW
O/S Compatibility Windows XP/ 2000
Interface SATA
Data Buffer 2 MB
Anti-Coaster Technology FlextraLink
Recording Technology FlextraSpeed
Disc Formats CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Mixed Mode CD-ROM,CD-Extra, CD-Text, CD-I, Video CD, DVCD, Bootable CD
Disc Diameters 12 cm and 8 cm
MTBF 100,000 Power On Hours/ Typical
Operating Duty Cycle (Read) 20% POH
Operating Duty Cycle (Write) 1% POH
MTTR 30 Minutes
Mounting Orientation Vertical and Horizontal (+5° ~ -5°)
Dimension (W x H x D) 42.5x148.5x173.2mm
Weight 830g
Power Requirements DC + 5V ± 5%
DC +12V ± 10%
Temperature Operating: 5°C to 45°C
Storage: -20°C to 60°C
Humidity Operating: 20% ~ 80% (Non-condensing)
Storage: 15% ~ 85% (Non-condensing)
Vibration Operating: 0.3 G peak (at 5~500 Hz)
Storage: 2.0 G peak (at 10~500 Hz)

The drive supports RAW DAO 96, CD-R/RW read/write with buffer underrun protection and C2 read error correction function. It also supports CD Text and CD+G read features.

- Retail package

The retail package for the Asus CRW-5232A-T includes the drive, a quick installation guide, four mounting screws, an emergency eject pin and the Nero Suite.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons we post the following pictures.

The main chipset is from Mediatek.

- Installation

The drive was connected to our test PC and was identified as "ASUS CRW-5232A1-T" under WinXP SP2. All reading tests were done with firmware v1.00.

The following pages include test results for the ASUS drive in comparison with two other devices, the Freecom FC-1 and Aopen CRW5232.

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