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Thursday, August 02, 2007
Lite-ON LH20A1S

1. Introduction

Introduction

LITE ON present its new DVD-Burner, the LH-20A1S, supporting the 20X writing speed for DVDs. The new drive offers SATA connection which is the main difference with the LH-20A1H which offer PATA ( Parallel ATA).

Let's move on to the feature list and drive specifications...

- Drive Features ..

  • Serial ATA Half-Height internal DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R9/ DVD-R9 / DVD-RAM / DVD-ROM / CD-R/ CD-RW / CD-ROM combination drive.
  • Support Double Layer DVD+/- R9 Recording Function.
  • Smart-Write™ - Self-learning technology ensuring best writing quality with all media.
  • SMART-BURN avoiding Buffer Under Run error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality.
  • SMART-X function adjusts CD-DA / VCD / DVD data extraction to a fastest allowable speed according to both data request rate from host and disk quality.
  • ABS system reduce vibration and noise during recording and reading.
  • Support Fixed Packet, Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Random Access time, Incremental, sequential recording, restricted overwrite, Layer Jump recording, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn.
  • DVD read compliant: DVD single/dual layer (PTP/OTP), DVD-R(3.9GB/4.7GB), DVD-R multi-borders, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+R multi-sessions, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW.
  • CD read compliant: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, Photo-CD, Multi-session, Karaoke-CD, Video-CD, CD-I FMV, CD Extra, CD Plus, CD-R, and CD-RW.
  • Support both 8cm and 12cm disc of CD and DVD family.
  • Conform to Orange Book: Part 2 CD-R Volume 1, Part 2 CD-R Volume 2 Multi Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 1 (1x, 2x, and 4x), Part 3 CD-RW Volume2: High Speed, Part 3 CD-RW Volume 3: Ultra Speed. Support Fixed packet, Variable packet, Disc-at-once, Session-at-once and Track-at-once.
  • Supported transfer mode: PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2 and Ultra DMA mode 4.

- .. And Specification

DVD Family Write
DVD+R 20X maximum by CAV
DVD-R 20X maximum by CAV
DVD+R9 8X maximum by Zone CLV
DVD-R9 8X maximum by Zone CLV
DVD-RAM 12X maximum by PCAV
ReWrite
DVD+RW 8X by Z-CLV
DVD-RW 6X CLV
Read 16X maximum by CAV
Access time 160ms

CD Family Write
CD-R 48X by CAV
ReWrite
CD-RW 32X maximum by Z-CLV in UltraSpeed disc
Read 48X(7200KB/sec) maximum by CAV
Access time 160ms

- Drive Package Information

The retail package includes the LITEON LH-20A1S, and Nero 7 Essentials:

  • Nero Express 7 Essentials
  • Nero ShowTime 3 Essentials
  • Nero Vision 4 Essentials
  • Nero Recode 2 Essentials
  • InCD 5 Essentials
  • Nero PhotoShow Express 4

The drive comes with a black front bezel as well as with two extra ivory bezels to match your PC case.

The heart of the drive is the MediaTek MT1899E.

An inside look...

- Nero Info Tool

- DVD Info

In the following pages, we start with our usual CD and DVD reading and recording tests, and progress to the writing quality tests which include the DaTARIUS measurements.




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