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This is certainly a huge leap forward in the world of removable storage, TDK have just created a functional 200GB Blu-Ray Disc, made up of 6 layers capable of holding 33GB each. Its only in prototype stages at the moment but hopefully wont be too long down the track before they start popping up in large numbers (although no doubt with a rather hefty price tag).
TDK, a leading maker of recordable medias, said that it had finally created a prototype of its 200GB Blu-ray disc. The company does not say when it will be actually able to commercially ship the technology.
"The ultra-ambitious technology roadmap for Blu-ray has now been confirmed as realistic, with landmarks such as this proving the long-term value of the format against its rivals. TDK was the first to develop a prototype 100GB recordable Blu-ray disc, and yet again, our landmark achievement in creating a 200GB disc is affirming the company's position as a true pioneer in advancing the capabilities of optical media," said Bruce Youmans, TDK vice president of product research & development.
The world of Blu-ray looks to be heating up some more with news over at the DailyTech today of Hitachi-LG having released a Blu-ray equipped PC and seperate 4x Blu-ray burner.
LG's official press release can also be located here.
Update: Hardware Zone have just published a review on it as well.
Hitachi-LG has launched a new 4x Blu-ray equipped PC and Blu-ray burner. We first got a taste of the GBW-H10N last month, but it looks like the drive is officially on the store shelves in Japan now.
LG's XPION X600 series desktop PC features Blu-ray high definition video playback capabilities. The Blu-ray playback component of the XPION X600 is provided by LG's Super Multi Blue drive that supports Blu-ray and DVD formats. Backing the Blu-ray drive is an NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT with HDCP compatibility and Pentium D 945 processor. Also included with the XPION X600 systems is 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive.
Eeek, although ATI had started shipping their new "TV Wonder 650" cards no more then a week or so ago, turns out they've had to issue a major recall on them for reasons which remain unclear at this stage. Better sooner rather than later when thousands have them in their loungeroom I guess.
In what appears to be a quick retail turnaround, ATI has issued a major nationwide recall of its ATI TV Wonder 650 graphics cards. Although details of the recall remain unclear and ATI has not issued official reasons for the recall, several readers have emailed DailyTech noting that the TV Wonder 650 cards have begun disappearing from store shelves.
DEAL OF THE DAY - ATI Technologies 100-714127 HD-TV All-in-Wonder for $66.22 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
Deal of the Day details:
Offer: The HDTV Wonder is a PCI card for analog TV, free-to-air digital TV (DTV: SDTV and EDTV), and full-quality, free-to-air HDTV reception. It offers personal video recorder capabilities, with the controls to watch, pause, and record all forms of TV to your system's hard disk, or to CDs and DVDs. In addition to analog cable support, the HDTV Wonder with its supplied HDTV antenna allows consumers to experience free-to-air HDTV broadcasts without having to subscribe to potentially expensive cable or satellite service charges.
Two new dedicated TV tuner solutions have made their way into ATI's lineup today, one of these based on ATI's recently announced Theater 650 Pro single-chip hardware MPEG2 encoder and video decoder; this card falls into their lineup as the "TV Wonder 650". The lower spec'd "TV Wonder 200" is more of a no-frills software driven tuner card which uses a Conexant TV decoder.
The DailyTech has all the details on them folks.
To enhance video quality the Theater 650 Pro supports video enhancement features such as 3:2 pull-down, motion compensated noise reduction and edge enhancement. There's also an integrated hardware DRM engine for support of the upcoming broadcast flag. FM radio capabilities are also supported. The TV Wonder 650 also comes with a Remote Wonder Plus wireless RF remote control too. ATI's TV Wonder 650 is compatible with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and upcoming Windows Vista.
A new DVB-S2 capable PCI-Express based dual-tuner card has just entered the market from Micronas, they call it the "MicSidewinder 2D-X". It sports a ton of nice features for your home theatre setup, as detailed in their official announcement here folks.
Freiburg, Germany, August 8, 2006 - Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today announced the launch of MicSidewinder® 2D-X, a dual-tuner DVB-S2 PCI Express® card reference design for home theater solutions. Each channel of the MicSidewinder 2D-X supports the new DVB-S2 standard enabling full HDTV quality, as well as the legacy DVB-S standard for SDTV. Equipped with two symmetric receiver channels the design enables PiP and PVR applications.
Micronas worked closely with STMicroelectronics, the world's leading supplier of ICs for set-top boxes, and CyberLink to create a production quality reference design that is truly ready for the living room. Compatibility with Windows XP Media Center and CyberLink's PowerCinema Home Theater application makes a PC equipped with MicSidewinder 2D-X a complete PVR capable satellite receiver system.
Although still way too pricey to be considered a mainstream form of media storage just yet, it's good to see Sony have released a Blu-ray Disc Recorder selling at only $750 (compared to the $1,000ish price tags slapped on other models released to date).
Sony has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.
Looks like both the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats will be made compatible for reading AND burning by a single drive after all, at least based on a new technology by Ricoh which involves a "diffraction plate" this seems to be the case. I had a feeling this would happen eventually. A *BIG* thumbs up to Ricoh.
TOKYO - Trying to bridge the gap between next-generation optical disk formats, Ricoh said it has developed an optical component that reads and writes all disk formats-Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, as well as DVD and CD-with one pickup and one objective lens.
Ricoh will show the optical device at the International Optoelectronics Exhibition '06 outside Tokyo on July 12-14. The company intends to offer the device to OEMs by year's end.
One of the first Blu-ray recorders has finally popped up, BenQ's new BW1000. Unfortunately the 1000 in its name suits it with regard to its $1,000 USD price tag (OUCH!), but then I guess that was to be expected :/
The Dailytech cover all the details.
After months of waiting, it's finally here: the BenQ BW1000 Trio PC Blu-ray recorder. BenQ announced the player just one month ago, claiming it would become one of the more prolific recorders on the market.
The single-layer recorder can record BD-R media at speeds up to 2X, but can read dual-layer Blu-ray media as well. The drive features a single-lens optical pickup with three separate lasers that will read and record Blu-Ray, DVD+/-R and CDRs. BenQ claims the device will also write single-layer DVD+/-R media at 12X, 4X for DVD+/-R DL, 8X for DVD+/-RW, and 32X CAV for CD-R.
Love the idea of digital TV on the go? MSI's new D310 pocket sized portable entertainment center makes it easy. Alongside the ability to watch DVB-T tv, you can also listen to mp3s, play media/movie files, and view photos on its 4.2" TFT-LCD display.
MSI's brief announcement can be found over at this section of their website folks.
Micro-Star International, a leading global manufacturer of consumer electronics, is launching the world's first pocket-sized DVB-T-the D310. The multi-function D310 is not only portable but also employs advanced technologies that allow viewers to watch TV in any place where the DVB-T format is used, such as in Europe, Australia and South East Asia.