Rectron has launched the Lite-On DH-20A1L DVD drive, which it describes as not only the world's first, but also the world's fastest, DVD RW drive to combine both LightScribe technology and a serial ATA (SATA) interface in one complete unit.

Werner Joubert, storage business manager, Rectron, explains that the revolutionary new Lite-on DVD RW drive is the brainchild of Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS), the joint venture between Philips and Lite-On responsible for the Lite-On branded optical disk drive (ODD) business.
"LightScribe technology and SATA interfaces have already been introduced on DVD drives," he says. "There are 20X Lite On drives currently available in the market with either SATA connectivity or LightScribe technology, but thus far none have combined these two indispensible and much sought-after features. Now, Lite-On has successfully merged both technologies in the new DH-20A1L, making it a very complete DVD RW writer."
For creative, professional users Joubert explains that creative and professional users will particularly appreciate the LightScribe functionality.
"Using the same laser that burns the data, LightScribe is a disk-labeling technology that allows users to burn a custom-made label on a disk, giving discs a creative and professional look," he explains. "And for advanced computer enthusiasts, the combination of a 20X DVD writer with a SATA connection results in significant performance improvements compared to the parallel ATA (PATA) you find on most current DVD writers. The SATA connection eliminates potential
information and performance bottlenecking by offering speedy data transfer rates of at least 150 Mbps."
Like all Lite-On 20X DVD writers, the DH-20A1L incorporates Lite-On's own SmartWrite technology, which can boost writing speeds up to 20X on certain media, faster than the traditional 16X speed limit.
"Besides overspeeding to the highest possible writing speed, SmartWrite technology is also prized for its quality improvements to low-quality media," says Joubert.
"It optimises the writing strategy for unknown media brands in order to get the highest quality-results possible."
Further underscoring Lite-On's leading-edge approach to the optical disk market, Joubert said the company also markets a PATA drive capable of 20X speeds. "The Lite-On LH-20A1P is the first PATA 20X DVD RW in the world," he says. "It is also the first in the world to have LightScribe technology."