BenQ DW830A DL Recorder - page 1
is a strong "player" at the DVD recordable market. The DW800A introduced
the 8X DVD+R speed and unlike to the other 8X DVD recorders, it offered
quality recordings. The cooperation of the company with Philips and its technological
background (Nexperia) had made everyone believe that BenQ would introduce
the first Double Layer recorder very soon.
The BenQ DW830A will
be in the market in the next few
weeks, supporting DL recording. BenQ also schedules to
launch the DW1600 with 16X DVD+R (& 2.4X DVD+R DL) in the end of Q2,
2004. Currently, the DW822A (8x8) is available in the stores, planned to
support DVD+R9 around September 2004 through firmware upgrade.
Today, we present you a preview of the upcoming DW830A.
We mostly test the Double Layer recording capabilities in order to approach
what a user should expect from this
technology. Note that the DVD+RW
alliance has chosen DL acronym coming from Double Layer
words and not the Dual Layer,
used by Pioneer for their announced (?) DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) format.
However, the possibility Pioneer to support its own format for two-layer
recording is very weak.
Research in cooperation with MKM (Mitsubishi Kagaku Media)/Verbatim, announced
back at October 2003, the technology that virtually doubles data storage capacity
on DVD recordable discs from 4.7 Gbyte to 8.5 Gbyte, called Double Layer (DL).
Double Layer DVD+R system uses two thin embedded organic dye films for data
storage separated by a spacer layer (see left figure). Heating with a focused
laser beam irreversibly modifies the physical and chemical structure of each
layer such that the modified areas have different optical properties to those
of their unmodified surroundings. This causes a variation in reflectivity as
the disc rotates to provide a read-out signal as with commercially pressed read-only
According to Mitsubishi, compatibility has been achieved through the use of
a thin silver-alloy as reflector material in the upper layer giving a reflectivity
from the layer
of at least
18% in compliance with the Double Layer DVD-ROM standard. In addition, the
transmission of the upper recording layer is greater than 50% to allow for
read-out and recording
of the lower recording layer. This layer has high power sensitivity since the
upper layer absorbs and reflects part of the incoming light. It also has a
higher reflectivity (> 50%) which after double transmission through the
upper layer also results in an apparent layer reflectivity (at the disc surface)
at least 18%.
For more information about DVD+R DL technology, you can visit DVD+RW Alliance
or Philips Research website.