The DVD recorders are evolving very quickly. Already the capacity has been doubled by using the two layers, and now the fastest recorders already spin at 16x. Philips believes that a dual layer drive will be a mainstream PC feature as early as by the end of 2004.
Philips said it planned to produce 600,000 of the devices every month. Computer makers will pay between 80 and 90 euros ($97-$109) per DVD writer when buying in large quantities, while consumers will have to pay around 180 euros.
The product, which has two layers that take the maximum storage capacity up to 8.5 gigabytes or four hours of DVD quality video, will be a mainstream feature in personal computers by the end of 2004, Philips said.Source: Reuters.com