Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and its convergence technologies, announced today a new slot-in, slim portable DVD writer, the SE-B18AB optical disc drive (ODD), that adds to its former version's sleek design and convenient functions. The new SE-B18AB provides a metallic-finished surface which nicely matches today's slim laptop designs. With its stylish footprint and smart features, consumers will appreciate the SE-B18AB as an excellent laptop companion. The SE-B18AB's slot-in system allows easier loading and unloading of discs. Without the need to open or close the tray, the drive will swallow the disc automatically. A simple push of a button will eject the inserted disc. For laptop users who cannot afford extra USB ports for an additional source of power, the Smart Power Technology helps reduce power consumption. Utilizing the technology's power management solution, a single USB cable connection is sufficient for running the SE-B18AB. An AV Connectivity tool allows the SE-B18AB to function as a portable data storage device when it is connected to USB-connectable tablets. A technology proprietary to Samsung, AV Connectivity is an ideal solution for tablet users who want to enjoy multimedia content stored on optical discs. The SE-B18AB is also equipped with Smart Archive Technology which helps store personal data safe and sound. Unlike existing optical disc archive technologies, the SE-B18AB follows the standard DVD format, making it compatible with archival discs (ISO10995 standard) and qualified normal discs. The drive is engineered to run on widely used operating systems, including Windows 8 and the latest Mac OS versions, and is capable of reading and writing files at a variety of speeds across different data media types. Using Buffer Under Run technology, the drive works to prevent errors that result from writing speeds that can exceed data transfer speeds, while also enabling PC multi-tasking. The SE-B18AB is an eco-friendly product, manufactured with lead-free soldering technology that eliminates harmful materials such as Pb, cd, cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE.