Memorex has announced Memorex "D2" (D squared), a Dual Format, Double Layer 16X DVD Recorder, available in both internal and external models.
The Memorex D2 drives record to single-layer (4.7 GB) DVD+R discs at16X, so consumers can burn an entire disc -- two hours of video -- in approximately six minutes. The drives also burn to new double-layer DVD+R discs at 2.4X speed. Double-layer discs offer 80 percent more recording capacity than current single-layer discs, allowing users to save 8.5GB of extended length movies, music, and sporting events in DVD-quality picture resolution.
The Memorex 16X D2 drives also write to DVD-R discs at 8X and CD-R discs at 48X; rewrite DVD+RW discs at 4X, DVD-RW discs at 4X and CD-RW discs at 24X; and read DVD-ROM at 16X and CD-ROM at 48X. Featuring both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394a FireWire interfaces, the external drive offers connectivity at speeds of 480 Mbs for USB 2.0 and 400 Mbs for FireWire, while the internal model uses a standard E-IDE (ATAPI) interface.
Each Memorex D2 drive package also includes Memorex DVD media, an illustrated guide for installation, a hardware manual, and connection cables.
The Memorex D2 internal 16X drive will be in stores in early August at an estimated street price of $149.99. The D2 external model will be in stores by mid-August at an estimated street price of $229.99. Memorex optical storage products include toll-free technical support and a limited one-year warranty.