I know many of you have been waiting for this drive. Here's the official announcement:
Lite-On IT, a global leader in optical storage, is pleased to announce the availability of the new LTC-48161H combo DVD drive for PC environments. Designed for those with a taste for innovation, Lite-On's newest CD-ReWritable improves the user experience so consumers can quickly and easily save and share music, photos, data and more.
With performance of 48x24x48 (maximum write/rewrite/read), Lite-On’s newest CD-RW drive can burn a 60-minute CD in less than three minutes. The LTC-48161H also possesses 16X DVD playback performance. Its digital audio extraction (DAE) rate of 48x also makes it one of Lite-On’s fastest drives for creating custom compilations in audio, video or data applications. Lite-On’s LTC-48161H has an onboard 2MB buffer and utilizes SMART-BURN technology enabling users to “burn and work,” running other applications while making a CD with less risk of failed burns.
The key performance specifications of the LTC-48161H are achieved with supported media only.
Maximum Speed 48X 24X 48X 16X
The LTC-48161H fits easily into a 5.25” drive bay and weighs less than two pounds.
The internal LTC-48161H drive is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/2000/Millenium Edition/XP environments.
Lite-On DVD/CD drives are available through select retailers, resellers and distributors in the North American and South American geographies. This Lite-On slim combo DVD drive comes with a standard one-year limited warranty. Volume shipments of the LTC-48161H begin in April. Please contact your Lite-On Authorized Distributors for additional information.
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