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A-Open DVD-1240  


Date: December 25,2000

Written By: Merc

Price: $95.00 US


Looking for a good bang for the buck DVD Drive? Then look no further because the A-Open DVD-1240 is the drive for you.

The A-Open-1240 is not the fastest drive on the market but it is one of the best valued.

The A-Open 1240 comes with a 40x read cd with gives you enough reason to trade in your Cd-Rom. The 12x DVD we experienced superior DVD quality and flawless playback.


The Drives specs are as follows:

Key Features

·  12X DVD-ROM Transfer Rate Up To 16620 KB/sec

·  40X CD-ROM Transfer Rate Up To
6000 KB/sec

·  Supported IDE / Ultra-DMA33 and MW-DMA Mode 2

·  Supported DVD and CD Formats Including CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW

·  Tray Loading Mechanism /
Vertically and Horizontally Use

·  AOpen product is manufactured and tested under strict ISO9001 certified facilities, AOpen quality assurance standards, and complying with the world’s most rigid safety standards. The DVD-1240 offers a consistently high level of quality, compatibility, reliability and outstanding performance. This drive can give you the edge you need in entering the world of multimedia.

·  512KB buffer memory inside. Firmware version upgradeable.

Enjoy the highest transfer rate ever, the result of AOpen's constant efforts toward R&D. The first 12X speed DVD-ROM drive is introduced. As one "Principal Member of DVD-Forum", AOpen has remained focused on providing high-quality optical storage devices that meet the needs of customers in a range of fields "DVD-1240" provides leading performance of 12X DVD-ROM and 40X CD-ROM functions. The sustained data transfer rate of DVD media is up to 16620 KB/sec, by comparison, which is around 111X CD-ROM drive. Additional enhancements include the digital servo mechanism and CAV techonology keeps the drive on track, DDS (Dynamic Damping System) to soak up vibration to help minimize error and to improve the stability of reading of CD or DVD formats including CD-R/RW or DVD-R/RW.


E-IDE / ATAPI (SFF-8090, SFF8020)
Ultra-DMA Mode-2 (33.3 MB/sec)
MW-DMA Mode-2 (16.6 MB/sec)
Speed: DVD-ROM: 12X, CD-ROM: 40X
Disc Format: DVD family: DVD-ROM, DVD-R,   DVD-RW, DVD-Video
CD family: CD-DA, CD-ROM/XA, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-I, Video CD, Photo-CD, CD-Extra
Sustained Data Transfer Rate: DVD-ROM: 16620 KBytes/sec (12X) / CD-ROM: 6000 KBytes/sec (40X)
Disc Storage Capacity: DVD-ROM: 4.7 GB (Single Layer), 8.5 GB (Dual Layer) / CD-ROM: 656 MB (Mode 1), 748 MB (Mode 2)
Data Buffer Size: 512KB
MTBF: 100,000 POH (20% duty)
Audio Specification: Line Output : 0.7 Vrms Typ. (RL = 10k W )/ Headphones : 0.45 Vrms Typ. (RL = 32 W )
Power Requirement: 5V, 12V ( 5%)
Temperature: 5 ~ 45 oC (operating)
Humidity: 15 ~ 85 % RH (operating)
Dimensions : 5.86"(W) * 1.65"(H) * 7.73"(D)  / (149 mm * 42 mm * 196.5 mm)
Weight: Less than 2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Mount Position: Both Horizontal and Vertical
EMI Requirement: FCC-B,CE,C-tick
Safety Requirement: UL, CUL, DHHS, TUV



Page 2: Up Close with the A-Open 1240








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