Until now, 16x speed has been accepted as the fastest write speed for standard DVD media, but Lite-on have been busy working on a device that can write a full DVD in around 5 minutes.
Their LH-20A1P can also write DVD-RAM discs at 12x speed. Both DVD writers feature Smart-Write technology that sets the optimal writing speed depending upon the media, and stores that information for future sessions.
Another model, the LH-20A1H, has the same features as above but also sports LightScribe technology which uses the laser to draw high-quality images onto special DVDs.
The LH-20A1P will be available at the end of December, whilst the LH-20A1H will be available in early 2007. Prices to be confirmed.