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Faster DVD+RW Spec Announced

Loveland, Colo. – The DVD+RW Alliance announced the specifications for 4x DVD+RW recording speed and for 80 centimeter DVD+R/RW media.

The Alliance, which includes Hewlett-Packard, Philips, MCC Verbatim, Ricoh and Sony, said the 4x speed drives will burn a 4.7GB disc in about 15 minutes. The DVD+R specification is ready now, while the DVD+RW version will be available by the end of the year.

The 8cm media will hold 1.46GB of data and is intended more for data applications. It has the same backward compatibility as the 12cm discs.