When reviewing the specs of the liteon drives such as the SHM-165P6S & recent Benq, I've come across reference to "solidburn" and "hypertuning".
Both seem to be related to how the drive behaves when it does not have the media code of the disk inserted in it's "database" in firmware. The drive will use the calibration area (and I think the burn itself) to modify the power & speed of burning, & any other calibration settings. Indeed I think it will use the entire results of multiple burns to gradually optimize it's strategy & store the results in firmware.
NEC's specs refer to "Active OPC" and "high resolution writing strategy" - for which I've only found a one -sentence description . unlike solidburn, which Philips has a small article on, and hypertuning, where one of the developers hangs out on these fora...
As best I can see, the liteon algorithm at least only applies to +/- R formats, not RW. Unclear about the benq/philips.
I've thinking that over time new media will come out which won't necessarily be in the necs fw database, so does NEC have this equivilent capability? Can it dynamically adjust write strategy/speed to what feedback it gets from the media.
I'm thinking that this learning strategy, if well implemented, could be much more flexible than hard strategies in firmware, and lead to getting more out of the disks at hand, be it slower than spec /more reliable, or faster than spec for good quality media.
Thoughts from NEC users? (I've previously had a ND-1000A & firmware updates seemed to dry up very quickly - in fact there was only 1, although etna/herries hacks allowed the 1100/1300 fw to be used, and hacked fw provided additional media codes)
Finally ignoring hypertuning etc, can the NEC overspeed a disk, ie write a 4x one at 8x if it's response is good. Manual or automatic? Just from the media database? (I know about MCE I'm thinking without these hacks)