NitroAV announced on Wednesday the release of its
series of FireWire 800 disc burners, which use Sony drive mechanisms that employ blue lasers that can write up to 23GB on a ProData optical disc. The AfterBurner series includes a two-bay configuration, as well as an internal ultra-wide 5.25-inch 160 SCSI version and an external USB 2.0/SCSI model, and features 11MB per second and 9MB per second read and write speeds, respectively, a 16MB cache that improves speed and lowers the number of errors and a narrower pitch track for higher recording density.
ProData discs are the same size as a DVD but have a thin recording layer that is five times denser than the one found on a DVD, with an estimated lifespan of 50 years and the ability to rewrite data over 10,000 times. They’re housed in hard cases with a revolving shutter mechanism that keeps out dust. The write-once and rewriteable versions of the discs are US$45 each while the two-bay AfterBurner kit is $3,199, with a $2,995 price tag on the internal SCSI or external USB 2.0/SCSI models. The second bay on the two-bay version can house a hard drive that can be added to the order.