Plextor Improves DVD Recording Speed w/ New Firmware

Plextor today announced a free firmware upgrade for PX-716 Series DVD±R/RW
drives. The new software boosts recording speeds to state-of-the-art 6X DVD+R
Double-Layer (DL) and 6X DVD-R Dual-Layer (DL), thereby protecting the
investment of customers who previously purchased a Plextor PX-716 series drive.
The firmware upgrade will be available in two releases. Release 1.04 is
available today on Plextor’s website http://www.plextor.com. This firmware
supports 2X DVD-R DL and 6X DVD+R DL on 8.5 GB DVD DL media, along with 8X
DVD+RW and 16X DVD±R on recommended single-layer DVD media with Plextor’s
AUTOSTRATEGY® recording optimization feature. Release 1.05, available March 31,
2005, supports 6X DVD-R on DL DVD media.

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Plextor today announced a free firmware upgrade for PX-716 Series DVD±R/RW
drives. The new software boosts recording speeds to state-of-the-art 6X DVD+R
Double-Layer (DL) and 6X DVD-R Dual-Layer (DL), thereby protecting the
investment of customers who previously purchased a Plextor PX-716 series drive.

The firmware upgrade will be available in two releases. Release 1.04 is
available today on Plextor’s website http://www.plextor.com. This firmware
supports 2X DVD-R DL and 6X DVD+R DL on 8.5 GB DVD DL media, along with 8X
DVD+RW and 16X DVD±R on recommended single-layer DVD media with Plextor’s
AUTOSTRATEGY® recording optimization feature. Release 1.05, available March 31,
2005, supports 6X DVD-R on DL DVD media.

"This firmware upgrade demonstrates Plextor’s unwavering commitment to
protecting the investments of our customers," said Howard Wing, vice president
of sales and marketing for Plextor. "Customers now can upgrade their PX-716
Series drive and enjoy the greater productivity that comes with faster recording
speeds."

"Plextor has always been on the leading edge when it comes to delivering
advanced features and quality," commented Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim Optical
Storage Manager. "This compliments Verbatim’s strategy of being first to market
with high performance DVD media. The latest Plextor firmware upgrade allows
their drive to burn Verbatim’s standard 2.4x DVD+R DL media at an industry
leading 6x speed."

Plextor PX-716 Series DVD±R/RW Drive
The Plextor PX-716 Series drive is a highly versatile 10-in-1 DVD/CD burner that
supports 6x DVD+R Double Layer, 6x DVD-R Dual Layer, 16X DVD+R, and 16X DVD-R
Writing; 8X DVD+RW and 4X DVD-RW Rewriting; and 16X max DVD-Reading; as well as
high-speed 48X CD-R Writing, 24X CD-RW Rewriting, and 48X max CD-Reading. The
PX-716 drive has an 8 MB buffer and feature Buffer Underrun Proof Technology to
prevent buffer underrun errors and allow multi-tasking. Lossless Linking/Zero
Link technology enables users to perform basic editing tasks directly on the DVD
disc.

The PX-716 Series drive includes PlexTools® Professional software, a unique
combination of user-controllable CD recording and CD/DVD media test features,
including GigaRec?, SecureRecording?, Silent Mode?, and VariRec?. The drive also
features Intelligent Recording, a combination of technologies designed to
achieve high-quality recordings across a broad spectrum of media with varying
grades of quality.

Plextor’s bundled software package offers ease-of-use and extensive
functionality for Windows platforms. All PX-716 drives ship with Easy Media
Center 7, Basic DVD Edition, Roxio’s number-one selling DVD/CD-recording
software.

Added:
・ Support for newer 8X DVD+R media
・ Support for newer 16X DVD+R media
・ Support for newer 8X DVD-R media
・ Support for newer 16X DVD-R media
・ Support for newer 8X DVD+RW media
・ Support for newer DVD+R DL media
・ Support for newer DVD-R DL media
・ Support for 6X writing on DVD+R DL media

Improvements:
・ Write performance on CD-R media
・ Write performance on CD-RW media
・ Write performance on DVD+R media
・ Write performance on DVD-R media
・ Write performance on DVD+R DL media
・ Write performance on DVD+RW media
・ Write performance of AutoStrategy (12X writing is allowed on 16X media)
・ Write quality of AutoStrategy
・ Read performance of DVD media

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