Samsung Electronics Ltd. has announced the newest entry in its optical disc drive family, the Writemaster TS-H552B 16X DVD ReWritable drive. The double layer-capable TS-H552B supports all the popular DVD recordable/rewritable formats. The TS-H552B provides double-layer data storage up to 8.5GB in one disc with supported DL media. To reduce noise when recording or reading at high speeds, the TS-H552B features Samsung's Silent Pulse Width Modulation (SPWM) technology and an Automatic Ball Balancing System (ABS).
Fast and reliable performance of the TS-H552B is promised through several high-end technologies including Speed Adjustment Technology (SAT), which automatically optimizes speed according to disc quality; Tilt Actuator Compensation (TAC), which gives the disc a tilt with the objective lens for the most reliable writing condition; and Double Optimum Power Control (OPC), which strengthens the writing performance by controlling the laser power in the inner and outer sides of the disc. The drive also includes a power save function and technology to prevent buffer underruns.
The TS-H552B is capable of recording DVD+R media at 16X, DVD-R at 12X, DVD±RW at 4X, and double layer DVD+R at 2.4X. The new 16X rewritable disc drive is now shipping with an estimated price of $200.