Buffalo Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new portable, BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRXL-PC6VU2. Available in four glossy colors, this USB-powered drive 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. The BRXL-PC6VU2 also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.


The BRXL-PC6VU2 comes with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. While the red color won't be available until June, the black, silver and white versions of the drive are scheduled to ship at the end of May for a suggested retail price of 11,500 Yen ($143US).

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DIGISTOR today announced the availability of their 100GB BD-R XL 4X Blu-ray recordable media for high definition recording and data and video archiving.


The latest edition to their Archive for Life™ family of products, DIGISTOR’s 100GB BD-R XL recordable discs allow you to store over 40,000 photos, 20,000 songs or author over 8 hours of HD video on a single disc. DIGISTOR’s 100GB media feature a white printable surface for use with most direct to disc inkjet printers, and is compatible with all BD-XL capable drives as well as DIGISTOR’s own REWIND™ archiving Software.

“We’re living in a time in which permanent data storage is a necessity. Personal photos, family videos or work documents can crash on a HDD, or disappear in the cloud.” Said Murray Ellis, Director of Engineering for DIGISTOR. “Our 100GB BD-R XL disc is designed with specialized hard coat technology, protecting the disc, and allowing for a true long term solution for personal file archiving.”

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An executive of Korean-based Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS) has agreed to plead guilty and to serve time in a U.S. prison for his participation in a series of conspiracies to rig bids for the sale of optical disk drives, the Department of Justice announced today.

According to the four-count felony charge filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Senior Sales Manager Woo Jin Yang, also known as Eugene Yang, conspired with others to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids for optical disk drives sold to Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP). Yang participated in the conspiracies at various times between approximately August 2006 and June 2009. Under the plea agreement, which is subject to court approval, Yang has agreed to serve six months in prison, to pay a $25,000 criminal fine and to cooperate with the department’s ongoing investigation. HLDS is a joint venture between Hitachi Ltd, a Japanese corporation, and LG Electronics Inc., a Republic of Korea corporation.

“Today’s charges demonstrate the Antitrust Division’s commitment to prosecute and deter conduct that harms American businesses and consumers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joseph Wayland in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. “The division will continue to pursue those who participated in these bid-rigging and price-fixing conspiracies so they are held accountable for their actions.”

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled the BDR-2207, Pioneer’s most powerful and full-featured drive. The internal SATA drive can read and write to all BDXL disc formats, including BD-R and BD-RE triple-layer 100GB media, BD-R quad-layer 128GB media, as well as conventional recordable Blu-ray Disc (single-layer 25GB media and dual-layer 50GB media). In addition, the drive features PowerRead and Pioneer’s PureRead2, Auto Quiet mode, QuickStart, and Peak Power Reducer technologies.


The BDR-2207 is packaged with CyberLink software that gives users the ability to play standard Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D titles on correctly configured computers, as well as author and record high-definition Blu-ray Disc content and standard-definition DVD content.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its new slim external DVD writer, the SE-218BB optical disc drive (ODD) that sets the industry standard for ultra portable drives.


Built to accompany a new generation of ultrabook and slim laptop designs, the SE-218BB features a compact size that is 18% thinner than conventional DVD writers and is the world’s thinnest external optical disc drive with a 14mm height. The drive is 8% lighter than Samsung’s conventional DVD writer and built to accommodate today’s mobile lifestyle.

“With its ultra small footprint, consumers will appreciate the SE-218BB sleek drive as an ideal companion for ultrabook users that quickly connects and is USB powered to access content wherever they are,” said Maverick Choi, ODD senior manager, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “Through its AV connectivity mode, the drive is also ideal for Tablet PC users that want to view or hear content from a disc.”

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Rimage Corporation, the leader in secure digital content management and delivery solutions, today announced the launch of Blu Lock anti-rip copy protection technology for Blu-ray Discs. Blu Lock is the first anti-rip copy protection technology that integrates directly into the Rimage Blu-ray Disc publishing solution, allowing a broad range of businesses to deliver digital content securely to their customers. Blu Lock will be available in late June 2012.

Blu Lock’s anti-rip copy protection provides on-the-fly protection of commercial and pre-release Blu-ray video content. “Currently the distribution of Blu-ray video content is at risk due to the lack of a high-definition anti-rip copy protection technology. Blu Lock technology is the first and only technology that prevents the piracy of such digital content,” said Chris Wells, Senior VP and GM of Rimage Disc Publishing. “It gives businesses the comfort that their valuable content is protected, preventing revenue loss from unauthorized copying of Blu-ray Discs.”

Rimage provides Blu Lock as an integral feature within the Rimage Software System (RSS). It is easy to use, and offers the flexibility to integrate into most disc production workflows. Blu Lock technology also preserves the user experience and playback compatibility, leaving the original media content unmodified, while providing robust protection and upgradability.

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Sony Corporation today announced that it will be commercializing a next-generation optical disc archive storage system. Sony will also organize an Optical Disc Archive Advisory Group to promote the adoption of this new storage format among the various companies in related industries.


Sony’s new system will deliver superior long-term storage capabilities, which are enabled through the use of media built to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, and is dust and water resistance. Furthermore, the new system provides guaranteed intergenerational compatibility and eliminates the need to re-archive copies of past archive data, offering a more user-friendly and dependable long-term storage solution.

By Fall 2012, Sony will be releasing various optical disc media for archive storage solutions into the market that is compatible with the “ODS-D55U” drive unit equipped with a USB 3.0 interface and storage capacities between 300GB-1.5TB (model name: ODC1500R etc.) Sony plans to consecutively enhance its product lineup upon this initial release.

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I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new external 14x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRD-UT14X. Based on what appears to be the LG BH14NS40, this USB 3.0 equipped drive is capable of 14x BD-R (with Sony 6x BD-R media), 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds. The BRD-S14X can also write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.


The BRD-UT14X comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero Express Essentials and is expected to cost 18,900 Yen ($233US) when it hits stores in late April.

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StorageQuest Inc., a global leader in data and archive management software and hardware is pleased to announce the public availability of the StorageQuest Optical Network Appliance (ONA). The ONA is the first and only enterprise grade optical writing appliance.


This new hardware product provides high throughput archiving over the network to an array of four to twenty warm-swappable BD-XL (100GB) capable Blu-Ray drives. The device is able to provide network based iSCSI connectivity to the included StorageQuest Optical Volume Manager (OVM) software and allow concurrent read/write access to up to eight discs in parallel.

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DISC Archiving Systems B.V. (“DISC”), market leader in professional data archiving, is proud to announce the New ArXtor Series, the next generation of Blu-ray Archival Storage Library Solutions.


Engineered and manufactured in Germany, the new ArXtor Series continues with DISC´s long tradition of developing innovative, direct-attached automated optical library  solutions.  Mechanically based on DISC´s industry proven DISC Series  “touchless media”, patented SmartPack and reliable robotics technology, the new ArXtor Series using industry leading Blu-ray optical drive technologies is a turnkey archival storage automation solution for  managing 120mm optical media  (BD/BDXL/DVD/CD).

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