Internal Drive offers LightScribe disc labeling technology.

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Suited for variety of media formats, ASUS DRW-20B1L/B1LT provides 20X DVD±R write, 12X DVD±R (DL), and 12XDVD-RAM reading capabilities. With Optimal Tuning Strategy, drive will perform test burning before actually burning disc, intelligently calculating best burning strategy based on operating temperatures and media and drive variations. E-Green Engine technology provides E-Green Mode, which activates when drive is idle for 2.5 min to conserve energy.

Original Press Release:

ASUS Unveils DRW-20B1L/B1LT Lightscribe Drive with Optimal Tuning Strategy and LightScribe for Automated Disc Burning Optimization and Creative Disc Labeling

Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2008 - Faced with increasing demands for data storage, users require a means to back up their data efficiently. ASUS, a leading provider of high-performance optical storage devices, has today unveiled the ASUS DRW-20B1L/B1LT internal DVD rewriter with LightScribe direct disc labeling technology. This industry leading DVD rewriter provides a high speed of 20X DVD±R write, 12X DVD±R (DL) and 12XDVD-RAM reading capabilities. In addition, users can expect to enjoy five times faster data transfer rates than the current DMA33 standards with the SATA interface. It also features Optimal Tuning Strategy - a technology that automatically adjusts burning for optimum disc backups; and the E-Green Engine for great energy savings.

Achieve Optimum Disc Backups with Optimal Tuning Strategy (OTS)

The ASUS DRW-20B1L/B1LT comes equipped with the innovative Optimal Tuning Strategy (OTS) for improved disc burning and better overall write quality. With OTS, the drive will perform a test burning before actually burning the disc - intelligently calculating the best burning strategy based on operating temperatures and media and drive variations. This provides the users with optimal write speeds for the new disc. After the disc is burnt, OTS memorizes the particular type of disc, and utilizes the same burning strategy when the same type of disc is used. This not only reduces the possibility to burn unplayable discs, it also provides high quality backups and improves compatibility so that the disc can more easily be read by other drives; as well as extending the lifetime of the drive.

Enjoy Energy Savings with E-Green Engine (Energy-Green Engine)

Another innovation of the DRW-20B1L/B1LT is the E-Green Engine technology. This handy feature provides an E-Green Mode which activates when the drives are idle for 2.5 minutes. Once activated, drive applications are closed when not in use to help conserve energy - helping the environment by saving energy, and in turn decreasing CO2 emissions and reducing the depletion of trees. According to in-depth calculations: on average, the PATA and SATA versions of the drive will provide 75% and 27% power savings respectively over competing solutions.

Versatility with Multiple Media Formats

The ASUS DRW-20B1L/B1LT offers flexibility for a wide array of media formats. Capable of both 20X DVD-Write and 20X DVD+Write, it is able to read from and writing on DVD-Write/ Rewrite and DVD+Write/ Rewrite formats. With such dual-format support, the DRW-20B1L/B1LT can create DVDs that can be played and read by most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players. This innovative DVD ROM drive also allows 6X DVD-Rewrite, 8X DVD+Rewrite, 16X DVD-ROM, 48X CD-Write, 32X CD-Rewrite, 12X DVD-RAM and 48X CD-ROM - further providing flexible and high-speed operations.

The ASUS DRW-20B1L/B1LT also adopts several innovative technologies found only in ASUS optical drives.

New Generation Airflow Field Modification (AFFMII)

Noise and vibration are two major headaches users encounter when using a high-speed drive. AFFMII is designed to change the uneven airflow field inside the drive to balance pressure distribution - leading to quieter and more stable operations.

Auto Vibration Reducing System (AVRS)

The AVRS technology is designed to minimize the vibrations caused by the spindle motor and resonance between components, as well as the drive and PC chassis. AVRS is designed to reduce vibration and noise induced by unbalanced mass of rotating machinery. With AVRS, the DRW-20B1S/B1ST will provide high readability and playability.

Fast Speeds with Creative Disc Labelling

Besides boasting an exceedingly fast speed of 20X for DVDs, the innovative LightScribe technology is also able to provide users with customized disc labeling. The LightScribe technology is comprised of three parts: the DRW-20B1L/B1LT Drive, LightScribe-compatible colored discs and LightScribe enabled burning software. After the data has been burnt onto the disc, users only have to flip the disc over to write the graphic and text on the label side - providing professional-grade labels.

Write Speed DVD-R 20X, 16X, 12X, 10x,8X,6X, 4X,2x
DVD-RW 6X, 4X, 2X, 1X
DVD+R 20X, 16x, 12X, 10x, 8X,6X, 4X,
DVD+RW 8X, 6X, 4X, 2.4X
DVD+R(DL) 12X, 8X, 6X, 4X
DVD-R (DL) 12, 8X, 6X, 4X,
CD-R 48X,40X, 32X, 16X
CD-RW 32X, 24X, 16X, 10X, 4X
DVD-RAM 12X,8X,6X,5X,3X,2X
Read Speed DVD-ROM (Single) 16X max. (CAV)
DVD-ROM (Dual) 12X max. (CAV)
CD-ROM 48X max. (CAV)
DVD+R (DL) 12X
CD-R 40X
Access Time DVD: 140 ms and CD: 150 ms
Writing Mode DVD-R & DVD-R (DL): DAO, Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD-RW: Restricted Overwriting, DAO, Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Recording)
DVD+R & DVD+R (DL): Sequential Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
DVD+RW: Random Recording
CD-R/RW: DAO, TAO, SAO, Packet Recording (Multi-Session Recording)
O/S Compatibility Windows XP/NT/2000/VISTA
Interface PATA/SATA
Data Buffer 2 MB
Bundle Software Latest Nero 8 Burning Software
Dimension 41.3(H)*146.0(W)*170.0(D) mm
Weight 610g

*The DRW-20B1L/B1LT Drive is available in three colors - White, Black and Beige as well as dual panel package.

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than 8000 and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for 10 consecutive years, and has been ranked No.1 by the Wall Street Journal Asia for best quality products in Taiwan.

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