Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled its new internal BD/DVD/CD writer, the BDR-211UBK. The new model supports Ultra HD Blu-ray playback using bundled CyberLink PowerDVD 14 software.

pioneer BDR 211UBK

The market for 4K resolution is expected to expand significantly as demand increases for definition higher than full HD. The BDR-211UBK meets that need, enabling PC users to enjoy 4K content via a PC, as well as providing up to 16x maximum BD-R writing speed (BD-R: SL 25GB) and the ability to read and write a variety of BD (SL 25GB/DL 50GB) and BDXL (BD-R XL: TL 100GB/ QL 128GB, BD-RE XL: TL 100GB) discs.

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Pioneer Japan recently sent out a press today, announcing its new portable, clamshell type Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-XD06J-UHD. This USB 3.0 equipped drive measures only 133 × 14.8 x 133 mm and weighs in at a mere 230g. The BDR-XD06J-UHD is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 4x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. It also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

pioneer BDR XD06J UHD

What makes the BDR-XD06J-UHD truly special is its ability to play back Ultra HD Blu-ray content. When installed in a Windows 10 PC with the included WinDVD software and an i7 or i5 Kaby Lake processor, users can play back movies at 4K resolutions. The drive also ships with authoring software from CyberLink and is equipped with Pioneer's PureRead3+ technology, which greatly improves the reading performance of scratched and dirty discs. The BDR-XD06J-UHD is expected to hit stores in late March for about 15,000 Yen ($134US).

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release today, announcing two new 16x Blu-ray Disc writers, the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X. Both drives are equipped with a Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface and are capable of 16x BD-R, 14x BD-R DL, 8x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X also write to triple-layer (100GB) BD-R media at 8x, quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

pioneer BDR S11J X

What makes the BDR-S11J-BK and BDR-S11J-X unique is their ability to play back Ultra HD Blu-ray content. When installed in a Windows 10 PC with the included WinDVD software and an i7 or i5 Kaby Lake processor, users can play back movies at 4K resolutions. The two drives also ship with authoring software from CyberLink and are equipped with Pioneer's PureRead4+ technology, which greatly improves the reading performance of scratched and dirty discs.

The top of the line BDR-S11J-X takes things one step further by adopting a low resistance flat cable, anti-vibration parts and high gloss paint. It also has the ability to check and display the playback quality of an audio CD (CD-DA) and, in the case of a low quality level, recommend the settings for optimal playback.

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CyberLink Corp., today announced that its flagship media player, PowerDVD, achieved certification from both the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) for the playback of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. PowerDVD is the world’s first software player to be certified, and continues CyberLink’s long tradition of industry leadership in multimedia playback.

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The Ultra HD Blu-ray format delivers unmatched 4K content, offering not only a significantly larger 3840x2160 resolution, but also a greatly expanded color range, provision of both high dynamic range and high-frame rate (up to 60fps) content, and support for the latest object-based immersive sound formats.

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Verbatim introduces the new 100GB MDISC Blu-ray disc with an average lifetime of more than 1,000 years and high data storage capacity making it ideal for archiving. Most types of digital storage device are not designed to last beyond a decade.

verbatim 100gb mdisc blu ray

Incorporating titanium for added longevity, the Verbatim MDISC Blu-ray disc preserves stored data by engraving the information into a ‘rock-like’ recording layer resistant to light, temperature, and humidity. Museums, libraries and archiving institutions are already taking advantage of the protective benefits of the MDISC archival-grade technology developed by Millenniata Inc.

Verbatim’s MDISC Blu-ray disc is compatible with any BDXL capable Blu-ray drive. Virtually all Blu-ray writers and players manufactured within the last 18 months are compatible with BDXL.

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Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive System, which adopts a new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic.  This newest media, rated with a 100-year shelf life, doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB. Generation 2 of Optical Disc Archive System also introduces an 8-channel optical drive unit, doubling read/write speeds over the previous generation, accommodating 4K video in real time and meeting the users’ increasing data storage needs.

sony ods-d280u optical disc archive

Optical Disc Archive, launched in 2013, is widely used by broadcasters, sports organizations, corporations, schools and production companies. It delivers reliable long-term storage and provides stable operations with efficient power consumption.   Continuing its open platform approach for wider compatibility, Sony is providing technologies and support to encourage other manufacturers to develop supporting products for Optical Disc Archive.  Currently, 42 companies have announced their support and have created interfaces for Optical Disc Archive.

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Panasonic Corporation today unveiled its enhanced "freeze-ray" series Data Archiver, using 300GB Optical Discs (scheduled for release in the 2nd half of 2016) at the OCP U.S. Summit 2016 being held March 9-10, 2016, in San Jose, California. Panasonic is proposing a data archiving system based on large-capacity optical discs to complement conventional recording media, such as HDDs and magnetic tape, for use in high-efficiency, next- generation data centers.

Panasonic's Optical Disc-Based Data Archive System has already been adopted in corporations and public institutions that require long-term data storage. "freeze-ray," which was developed through extensive validation and testing to be deployed in the data centers of a large-scale Cloud Service Provider in the US, was announced in January at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, as an Optical Disc-Based Data Archive System based on 100GB Blu-ray Disc. (See the Development Background of the freeze-ray Series below.)

In order to provide at-scale data storage, the enhanced freeze-ray system adopts Archival Disc with a recording capacity of 300GB per disc. Use of the 300GB Archival Disc will enable a maximum of 1.9 petabytes (1 petabyte = 1,000 terabytes) of data to be stored in a standard 19-inch data center rack.

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Sony Optical Archive Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony, today unveiled the Everspan Library System (Everspan), a scalable optical library system solution that delivers archiving capabilities far exceeding the capacity of what is available in the marketplace today, at a fraction of the cost.

Everspan utilizes Sony's 300 GB Archival Disc to store data.  Unlike tape or hard disk drives which need to be refreshed/replaced every 5-7 years, the Archival Disc can support data storage for over 100 years in data center environments. Because of the durability of optical discs, unlike other storage media, users are expected to never need to migrate data and Sony is offering 100 year warranty for optical media.  Everspan also provides speed and efficiency with a vastly reduced environmental impact.

"We believe that Everspan addresses a large and rapidly growing need in the storage marketplace," said Frank Frankovsky, CEO of Sony Optical Archive Inc. "In a world where customers have been frequently forced into deciding which data to retain based on the ongoing cost of archiving, Everspan provides a welcome and affordable solution.  It is our goal to make it possible for customers to store everything for as long as they wish in a low-touch, low-cost optical library.

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Other World Computing announced today the availability of the new OWC Mercury Pro, a sleek aluminum-housed USB 3.1 Gen 1 optical drive for plug and play support of CD, DVD, M-DISC and/or Blu-ray disc reading and writing with Macs and PCs.

owc mercury pro optical drive

The new OWC Mercury Pro conveniently brings optical media back to your workflow with high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity for playback of optical media, data transfer and archiving with bandwidth to spare. With a sleek, durable aluminum chassis, the Mercury Pro delivers looks to match its performance while running cooler, quieter and better than ever.

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ASUS Japan sent out a press release earlier today, announcing its new 24x DVD writer, the DRW-24D5MT. Along with support for Millenniata's M-DISC format, the drive is capable of 24x DVD±R, 8x DVD±R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRW-24D5MT also feature's ASUS's E-Green technology, which puts the drive into an energy-saving mode when it is not in use. According to the company, this reduces power consumption by more than 50%.

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The DRW-24D5MT ships with burning and backup software from CyberLink and Nero and is expected to cost about 2,500 Yen ($20US) when it hits stores later this month.

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