NEC Electronics has developed a chip set that will help pave the way towards DVD+/-R drives capable of 16x speed writing, the company announced.

The chip set is offered in quad flat packages (QFP), which are thinner than conventional chips and better suited for use in slim drives used in notebook computers, NEC said in a statement. They also consume 10 percent less power than their predecessors.

In addition to 16X DVD+/-R, the chip set also supports DVD+/-RW formats at 8X, said a company spokesman. NEC Electronics expects both NEC and Pioneer to use the chips in new rewritable DVD drives. Volume production will start at the end of June.