TDK have announced its first 8x DVD writer, the DVW-A080412N. The company claims that the drive gives the fastest ever-writing speeds for a dual-format drive (supporting DVD-R/-RW, +R/+RW and CD-R/RW), capable of burning a 4.7GB DVD in just 8 minutes and a CD in only 4 minutes. The drive is available this month.

The drive offers the following writing speeds: 8x for DVD-R/+R, 4x for DVD-RW/+RW, 32x for CD-R and 16x for CD-RW. The internal drive has a black front bezel and incorporates a quiet mechanism which give <45 dB acoustic noise, TDK claims.

The DVD Writer comes complete with a Windows PC software suite, including Nero Express 6, Nero Vision Express 2, Nero InCD 4, BackITup, RECODE2, and Showtime.