GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company, today announced another major breakthrough in the development of next generation optical storage technology. GE’s research team has successfully demonstrated a micro-holographic material that can support data recording at the same speed as Blu-ray discs. This result builds upon the April 2009 demonstration of a threshold micro-holographic storage material that can support 500 gigabytes of storage capacity in a standard DVD-size disc.

Peter Lorraine, Manager of the Applied Optics Lab at GE Global Research, will discuss the breakthrough during a presentation today at the IEEE’s Joint International Symposium on Optical Memory & Optical Data Storage Topical Meeting (ISOM/ODS) being held in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. The ISOM/ODS brings together the world’s foremost experts in optical memory and data storage technologies. GE’s breakthrough in recording speed, along with other technical improvements that have been made over the past two years has micro-holographic technology more poised than ever for commercialization.

“During the past two years, our research team has been focused on material improvements to increase the recording speed and making other key advances needed to ready GE’s micro-holographic technology for market,” said Lorraine. "With a speed to match Blu-ray's, discs made from GE's advanced micro-holographic materials are an attractive solution for both archival and consumer entertainment systems."

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Sony Optiarc America today unveiled its first dual USB bus powered slim portable DVD/CD rewritable drive to complement notebooks, netbooks or desktop PCs.

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The new DRX-S90U drive boasts a sleek and ultra lightweight design and supports up to 8X DVD+R recording speeds, delivering a full 4.7 GB disc of video, data, music or images on standard 8X DVD+R media.

Additionally, the drive can record on 8.5 GB DVD+R Double/Dual layer and 4.7 GB DVD-RW discs at 6X speeds, DVD+RW at 8X, DVD-RAM at 5X and CD-R/RW at 24X

The drive comes in a retail package with Nero 10 CD/DVD burning application which is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows® XP operating systems. Additionally, the drive is compatible with the Mac OS® X operating system.

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From June 29 until July 15, 2011, Lite-On is running the "MyeNAU MyStyle" competition, a cover design competition for the Lite-On eNAU608. The competition is hosted on a specially created website.

The eNAU608 is a slim external DVD writer which look can be customized by placing any design under the plastic top of the drive. Lite-On is now organizing a competition and end users from Europe can win some nice prizes by submitting their own design for the eNAU608.

The available prizes are awarded by votes received. Participants can do their own promotion by using their Facebook and / or Twitter accounts. The overall winner will receive a Lite-On 12x Blu-ray burner.

Any end user who does not feel like contributing a design can vote on the designs submitted. Lite-On will randomly draw an eNAU608 DVD writer among voters. By submitting a vote you will automatically enrol for this draw.

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Pioneer Japan recently announced its new slim, portable DVD writer, the DVR-XD10J. This USB bus powered drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 6x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The DVR-XD10J also includes features like Pioneer's PURE READ+ technology as well as an advanced firmware that reduces noise by adjusting the rotation speed when playing audio CD's and DVD movies.

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The DVR-XD10J come bundled with an assortment of software from CyberLink and is expected to cost about 6,500 Yen ($80US) when it hits stores in early July.

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Optical storage innovator Lite-On announces today the introduction of their first external slim Blu-ray drive: eSEU206. The eSEU206 is a highly portable USB powered Blu-ray COMBO drive that can read Blu-ray discs at 6x speed. The eSEU206 can write DVD- and CD media at 8x speed and 24x speed respectively.

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At only 350 grams the ultra-light eSEU206 Blu-ray COMBO is the perfectly portable drive, making High-Definition Blu-ray movies available wherever you are. With its 145mm x 155mm dimensions and mere 21mm at its thickest, the drive will fit into any bag or briefcase. Conveniently powered by USB 2.0 the drive needs no additional power adapter making it the perfect travel companion for movie lovers.

Optimized for smooth Blu-ray playback the drive brings high-definition movies to laptop PCs thanks to a full Cyberlink PowerDVD software suite supporting 3D playback. Furthermore all the applications you need for easy disc burning, DVD video editing, backup, and advanced disc burning are provided as well. With the added LightScribe technology you can create and burn your personalized designs onto the labels of LightScribe compatible DVDs and CDs.

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I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new external 12x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRD-UT12.  Based on what appears to be the LG BH12NS35, this USB 3.0 equipped drive is capable of 12x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 10x. The BRD-UT12 also supports 3D Blu-ray playback and features a handy LED that lights up blue when the drive plugged into a USB 3.0 port or green when using USB 2.0.

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The BRD-UT12 comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D, DVD MovieWriter7 BD Version and Nero 9 Essentials and is expected to cost 22,100 Yen ($272US) when it hits stores in late June.

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In the optical storage media sector, Verbatim is presenting its new Blu-ray 6x BD-R LTH Type with AZO technology. It offers 25GB of storage capacity with a 6x burning rate. It will also be available in a version with a wide printable surface as far as the inner ring. It is suitable for recording films in high definition, backing up large amounts of data and the long-term archiving of photos and videos. The new Verbatim Blu-ray BD-R LTH Type 25GB 6x is now available in stores.

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With its new Blu-ray disc BD-R 25GB 6x LTH Type (LTH=low to high in-groove recording) Verbatim is affirming its technology leadership in the field of optical storage media. With an impressive capacity of 25GB (up to 5 times the capacity of a DVD), the new Verbatim BD-R LTH is the ideal solution for long-term storage and archival needs for all personal data, office work files as well as photos and videos.  It offers space for up to 135 minutes (MPEG2) of entertainment in HD-quality at a burning time of 15 minutes. The printable version is fully inkjet printable (22 – 118mm) to the inner ring and gives the opportunity to personalise the disc with images and text.

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Lite-On have announced the launch of the iHES212, an internal 12x Blu-ray Combo drive designed especially for mini PCs and media centres.

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With smaller dimensions and a unique design to keep the drive cool and quiet even in confined spaces, the iHES212 is the perfect fusion of a Blu-ray player for high definition entertainment and a DVD/CD writer for efficient back-ups.

“Since the very beginning Lite-On has been present in the Blu-ray market with various Blu-ray Disc writer, a BD-ROM and BD-COMBO”, says Maarten Souren, Marketing Manager at Lite-On. With the iHES212 we have upgraded our BD-COMBO to 12X BD reading speed, and whether users want to truly experience a Blu-ray movie or simply burn the perfect DVD, they can add the this drive to their mini case for the perfect fit”, adds Souren.

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I-O Data Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing a new external 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc writer. The USB 2.0 equipped BRD-U8S is capable of 8x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 8x. Using an optional USB cable, the drive can also be connected to one of JVC's Everio HD camcorders so that video can be transferred directly to Blu-ray Disc.

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The BRD-U8S comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero 9 Essentials and are expected to cost 18,900 Yen ($234US) when it hits stores in early June.

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Optical storage innovator Lite-On announces today the introduction of their first external Blu-ray Disc Writer: eHBU212. The eHBU212 is an ultra-fast USB 3.0 external Blu-ray write that can write Blu-ray discs at 12x speed.

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The eHBU212 is a fast external Blu-ray writer that lets you store high-resolution photographs, share your HD videos, backup personal data, store downloads, and free plenty of hard drive space. Using the latest USB 3.0 interface, a generous buffer, and an ultra-fast 12x speed burning system the drive has been created to burn high capacity Blu-ray discs in the quickest possible time.

With a storage capacity of up to 50 GB on a double-layer Blu-ray disc (25 GB on single layer) the eHBU212 plugs into any USB port to store the equivalent of 10 average DVDs or 77 average CDs on just one Blu-ray disc. USB 3.0, the newest USB standard, gives the drive a super fast connection to the computer ensuring that the eHBU212 delivers the shortest burn times and fastest disc reads.

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