MCE Technologies today announced the Lucid M8X portable FireWire DVD+/-R/RW Double-Layer Drive. The Lucid M8X is a compact, slot-loading, bus-powered FireWire drive capable of writing to seven different types of recordable media. DVD+R Double Layer technology allows up to 8.5GB of data to be written to a single side of a DVD+R Double Layer disc. The US$279 drive writes to standard 4.7GB DVD-R and DVD+R media at up to 8x speed, to 4.7GB DVD-RW and DVD+RW media at up to 8x speed, and to Double-Layer DVD+R DL media at up to 2.4x speed. In addition, it writes to standard 650MB and 700MB CD-R media at up to 24x speed, writes to standard CD-RW media at up to 24x speed, reads DVD-ROM discs at up to 8x speed, and reads standard CD-ROM discs at up to 24x speed.