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PLDS have today announced their next generation of internal DVD writers to be launched in April this year. The new drive, iHAS624, is not only faster (24x) but includes a patented and cutting edge technology, LabelTag.

About LabelTag:

LabelTag, a feature patented by PLDS, allows users to create a circular label on the data side of DVD+/-R discs. Whilst burning the data, users can add text and a small picture, which is then printed directly behind the data at the same time as writing – and at the normal recording speeds.

LabelTag provides a quick, easy and cost-effective solution to disc labelling without the need for flipping the disc or for additional hardware/software – burning a label is just as easy as burning the data.

What’s more, users don’t need any special media in order to use LabelTag. The technology works on any DVD+/-R disc, making it an ideal solution for archiving and managing back-ups.

The new iHAS624 drive is 24x - the fastest writing speed available on the market for DVD+/-R media (using certain quality discs only). This speed upgrade is ideal for users looking for the fastest burn time with the highest quality of data recording possible.

In addition to LabelTag, the iHAS624 drive integrates:

* A SATA interface, offering higher performance and compatibility.
* LightScribe technology, allowing users to burn silkscreen labels onto special media
* SmartErase, allowing users to permanently erase data from non-rewritable media.

Aside from the iHAS624, PLDS will also be launching a sister drive, the iHAS324, which is a standard 24x drive with SmartErase, but without the LabelTag or LightScribe functionality.


iHAS624 – May 2009
iHAS324 – April 2009

About PLDS:

PLDS (Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions) is a joint venture between Royal Philips Electronics and Lite-On IT Corporation, established in 2007 and active in the market of Optical Disc Drives (ODD). The combination of a strong R&D-focus and access to enormous production capacity makes PLDS an industry leading company. PLDS has the brands Lite-On, HP (under exclusive license) in its portfolio.

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