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BenQ Introduces its DVD+R Double-Layer, Upgradeable Re-Writer


City of Industry, CA (March 29 , 2004) - BenQ introduced the DW822A DVD+/-RW double-layer, upgradeable drive. The DW822A drive will be firmware upgradeable to support DVD+R double-layer recording. The drive has been designed with a firmware upgrade feature to allow it to become a 2.4X DVD+R double-layer recordable drive.

The BenQ DW822A delivers superior functionality and performance. It will instantly double the data storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7GB to 8.5GB, and also allows for DVD backup on a single DVD disc without compromising quality. The DW822A features both dual DVD+/-RW recording capabilities, as well as an advanced version of QVideo 2.0 to provide a simple DV/TV/AV to DVD tool. In addition, it boasts an 8MB internal buffer for seamless writing of DVDs.

"The DW822A allows users to experience seamless, real-time recording from multiple video sources, said Jessica Chou, vice president of Optical Storage at BenQ America Corp. "When double-layer recordable media become available, one can easily upgrade the content easily and confidently with the BenQ DW822A drive. As one of the first double-layer re-writers available in the marketplace, consumers can enjoy the convenience of next-generation technology today."

The DW822A features 8x DVD+R/RW write, 4x DVD+R/RW rewrite, 4x DVD-R/RW write, 2x DVD-R/RW rewrite, 12x DVD read, 24x CD-R write, 10x CD-RW rewrite and 40x CD read speeds. In addition to its ability to provide fast, reliable burns, the BenQ DW822A supports the broadest range of DVD formats and utilizes the IDE interface, giving users easy access to the convenience of DVD burning without the worry of compatibility issues.

Software Features:
  • Qvideo 2.0: BenQ's software program that allows the user to create a DVD disc from a television, AV or DV source in real time.
  • Book Type Management: enables the user to easily change the write format between DVD+R/RW to DVD-ROM to be more compatible with almost 99 percent of all DVD players
  • Smart Write Control: Walking Optimal Power Control (WOPC) technology dynamically adjusts the burner power to ensure the best writing quality throughout the burning process
  • +VR Function: allows the user to directly record and edit on the DVD disc.
Technical Specifications:
  • Buffer Size: 8 MB internal
  • Interface: E-IDE/ATAPI
  • Firmware Upgrade: Flash memory upgradeable
  • OS Compatibility: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP

The BenQ DW822A has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199 and will be available in April 2004 through BenQ distribution channels. The new firmware will be available in late Q3 2004, as recordable double-layer media becomes more readily available.

About BenQ
BenQ is an industry leader in networking lifestyle devices with an expertise that encompasses display, storage, imaging, wireless and broadband areas. BenQ has manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mexico, China and Taiwan. The company has 15,305 employees worldwide, supporting a strong global sales marketing and service network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. BenQ has research and development facilities in Taiwan, China and the U.S., and has more than 2,000 research and development employees. BenQ has amassed 1,225 global patents. For more information about BenQ, please visit our Web site at www.BenQ.com.