HP has announced the dvd940i, a new internal DVD drive that can write at speeds up to 18x. The drive will be available in November.

It offers DVD±R/±RW and DVD-RAM read/write, ±R double-layer capability, and LightScribe direct disc labeling. HP will also introduce an external version of the drive, dubbed the HPdvd940e.

HP’s drive offers high speeds and double-layer recording, and LightScribe version 1.2. It lets users burn up to 8.5GB of data on one double-layer disc. The dvd940i/e records double-layer DVDs at up to 8x, recordable DVDs at up to 18x, rewritable DVDs at up to 8x, and DVD-RAM at up to 12x, according to the company.