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Lite-On IT reveals BD (Blu-ray Disc) plans


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Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Lite-On IT, one of the world’s biggest optical disc drive manufacturers, is ready for the next generation of optical disc formats. Lite-On IT announces to start producing BD (Blu-ray Disc) compatible drives in Q3 2006 and to introduce Lite-On branded Blu-ray drives to the market in August 2006.

 

The LH-2B1S will be the first Lite-On drive with Blu-ray Disc technology. Thanks to the use of the blue-violet laser, it enables users to record, rewrite and playback high-definition video (HD) as well as storing large amounts of data. The Blu-ray Disc format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 50GB of data on a double layer BD disc and up to 25GB on a single layer BD disc. Naturally, the drive will also be compatible with DVD±R(W) (DL) media and CD-R(W) media.

 

Besides high storage capacity, also data transfer speeds will increase on this drive, as it will feature Serial ATA (SATA) interface.

 

Lite-On IT is capable of producing optical disc drives in high volume and with high quality standards. In their Guangzhou Science Park (China), Lite-On IT has a current production capacity of over five million optical drives per month.

 

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I was just reading all about that in my new PC World Mag, cdanteek.(Pages 20--22, July issue). It says the BD disc capacity will be 25GB single layer and 50GB duel layer. The HD DVD will only be 15GB single and 30GB DL. They also show a price of $3500 for a Blu-ray burner. :) Another note about Blu-ray: "RE" is Blu-rays rewritable disc format.

 

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I was just reading all about that in my new PC World Mag, cdanteek.(Pages 20--22, July issue). It says the BD disc capacity will be 25GB single layer and 50GB duel layer. The HD DVD will only be 15GB single and 30GB DL. They also show a price of $3500 for a Blu-ray burner. :) Another note about Blu-ray: "RE" is Blu-rays rewritable disc format.

 

Frank....

Don't have my copy in front of me but I think it did say the HD DVD was already selling for under $1000. Even with less size the price difference may tip the argument for the new standard but it's way too early to tell. It does seem that the big movie companies are backing HD DVD as new titles are already coming out. Not sure but I think the 30GBDL is enough for 'true' high def playback.

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