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Pioneer Blu-ray Drive To Be Released in January

Postby Ian on Tue Dec 27, 2005 9:48 am

Yep.. the BDR-101A is expected to ship in January:

http://www.pioneer.co.jp/press/release159.html

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More specs can be found here:

http://www.pioneer.co.jp/press/release516-j.html

Take note that like the leaked specs from a few months ago, these show that the BDR-101A does not support CD's at all.
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2X?

Postby 21st Hermit on Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:51 am

So it records at 2X, how long then will it take in minutes to record a full 25GB disc?

In other terms, my NEC 3520A takes 6 min for ~4GB or ~36 min for 25GB, obviously 6 platters, not one.

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Postby Boba_Fett on Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:09 pm

Well, if you read the front page, it tells you it has a max recording time of 2x @ 72Mb per second (hereby refered to as 9MBps, as using Mb for transfer rates is stupid).

If the drive can achieve 9MBps on a 25GB disk (25,000MB), then it would take 46.5 minutes to fully burn one to the brim (25000/9=2777.7777 | 2777.7777/60 = 46.5).
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Postby eric93se on Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:58 pm

wow pioneer is just kicking the competition in the balls :)

I don't expect the drives to be that expensive, but the media will be. All the technology for building the drives and media is already there and at high volume.
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Postby Ian on Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:08 pm

Take note that the drive supports single layer BD-R/RE only right now. No mention of dual layer (50GB) discs.
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Postby Boba_Fett on Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:17 pm

A firmware update perhaps?
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Postby Dartman on Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:17 pm

As long as it only does single layer and the fact that they probably are going to add all the Draconian DRM they can probably be good to wait and see how this all shakes out, plus price :wink:
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Postby Ian on Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:29 pm

I still can't get a price out of them but Pioneer America says the BDR-101A should be available in the 1Q of 2006... which will probably be February or March.
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Postby vinnie97 on Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:21 am

yum!

I wonder if holographic media has the opportunity to pre-empt this HD-DVD/BD war. ;)
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