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Samsung Electronics, a leading maker of semiconductors and electronics, has unveiled one of the world’s first optical disc drive with Serial ATA interface, marking another milestone in transition between Parallel and Serial ATA interconnections for storage devices.

“The new SH-S183L is the world’s first 18X Serial ATA drive and breaks the mold in the industry. With this exciting new drive, Samsung continues its tradition of offering customers high-end, superior quality optical disc drives at affordable prices,” said Richard Aguilera, western regional sales manager, Samsung Storage Division.

Samsung’s SH-183L drive can playback, read, record and re-write DVDs (18x speed for DVD±R, 8x for DVD+RW, 6x for DVD-RW, 8x for DVD±R DL, 12x for DVD-RAM) as well as playback, read and record CDs (48x CD-R and 32x CD-RW). LightScribe technology is also embedded in the DVD drive, letting users engrave labels, photos, and designs right onto the CD and DVD discs.

The manufacturer also indicated that the new SH-S183L drive provides users the benefit of many of its advanced technologies including: weight balancing system (WBS) to maximize performance and lower the volume of in use clatter when recording or reading at top speeds; speed adjustment technology, to match the speed to the functionality of the disc; tilt actuator compensation (TAC) for preferred writing condition when interacting with the objective lens; and double optimum power control, which balances the laser power on the sides of the disc for a better writing performance. Buffer under run error is avoided by the power save attribute.

Several DVD recorders, including Sony AW-Q160S, Asustek DRW-1814BLT and DVD-E616A3T that support Serial ATA interconnection instead of advanced technology attachment packet interface (ATAPI) have already been launched.

Given that for optical drives data transfer rates of interfaces have no effect on performance and typical Parallel ATA interconnection is found on broader amount of personal computers, makers of optical disc drives (ODD) have been reluctant to implement Serial ATA. However, Intel Corp. is reducing the number of Parallel ATA devices supported by its core-logic sets, which catalyzes makers of ODDs to transit their products to newer interface.

Higher market penetration of Serial ATA, which supports higher transfer rates, performance enhancements and thinner cables, is likely to spur demand for optical drives with new interconnection and force makers of the devices to integrate SATA into mainstream ODDs in the second half of 2007, it was earlier reported.

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is 18x what makes these "a first"?
16x samsung sata multi-burners have been in best buy for a couple of months.
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