Sony Ships AWG170A, Claimed to Be World's Fastest DVD Burner

Over in Europe, Sony has started shipping the AWG170A, what Sony and its partner NEC claim to be the world's fastest DVD R burner. Able to burn discs at 16x (whether or not 16x media is widely available is apparently irrelevant), the AWG170A also burns DVD-RAM (12x), DVD R DL (8x), DVD+RW (8x), DVD-RW (6x) and CD-R/RW (48x).

The drive, which is available in four different front bezel colors, uses a few different tricks to make sure all that high speed disc burning doesn't end up with the creation of lots of coasters. There's a built-in system to help correct unbalanced discs and a self-cooling design that works without noisy fans.

Allegedly shipping now to Europe, there's still no word when/if the AWG170A will reach the U.S. and for how much.

Sony ships 'world's fastest' DVD R burner [The Register]