DVD Formats and How to Drive Laser Diodes to Record and Rewrite DVDs

Abstract: This application note describes the use and features of six available DVD formats: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. It explains how recording and rewriting work, including the bit stream coding and recording/rewriting current waveforms required from the laser diodes. It describes the how to drive the laser dioides using the MAX9483/9484 DVD/CD laser diode drivers.