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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CyberLink Corp., innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today announced joining Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony, in establishing One-Blue, LLC, an independent licensing company that will administer a one-stop shop product license for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc™ products.  One-Blue is designed to provide an important licensing service to the entire industry while at the same time stimulating the growth and adoption of Blu-ray Disc™ products.  Under the one-stop shop product license, potential licensees no longer need to handle issues with respective patent owners individually.

“We are excited and honored to be among the elite companies who had dedicated to Blu-ray discs innovations,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “And it marks a milestone of our mission to become the leading company in terms of innovative ingenuity.”

CyberLink has been dedicated in developing Blu-ray disc software solutions and patented technologies, offering a complete range of software to play movie titles; capture, and edit videos; author photo and video discs and burn all types of media to Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. The investment in One-Blue not only demonstrates CyberLink’s strengths pioneering in Blu-ray technologies, but also marks an important advancement to its vision of Blu-ray format universalization in the near future.

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Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of storage and wireless networking solutions, is today announcing a stylish and convenient design for its optical storage range.

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The compact and sleek portable DVD device will allow users to watch DVDs and burn data to CDs/DVDs at their convenience, anytime anywhere. The drive is powered by integrated USB cables which snap to the chassis for easy mobility, contributing to the compact design. The lightweight and slim drive fits comfortably into any travel bag, making it an ideal product for laptop and netbook users on-the-go.

The portable DVD is effortless to set-up and comes complete with CyberLink Media Suite pre-loaded. Users are notified of the drives current status by LED lights, blue indicating that DVD drive is ready and red showing that the DVD power supply is low.

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Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, announces the newest addition to its Blu-ray lineup with the new PX-LB950UE external 12X Blu-ray Writer – the fastest Blu-ray writer available in the market today. This drive features the latest superspeed USB 3.0 and eSATA connections, providing bandwidth for high data transfer rate.

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Supplied with advanced Blu-ray and DVD playback software and recording applications, the PX-LB950UE offers a full Blu-ray HD experience. The drive is designed to provide smooth and quiet HD Blu-ray movie playback with excellent sound reproduction and a crystal clear picture quality. This drive also supports 3D playback and is able to convert 2D contents to simulate 3D effects. 

“We are excited to offer a transportable all-in-one blu-ray device to consumers,” said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager at Plextor. “The PX-LB950UE lets you connect to any computer with USB or eSATA connection making access to Blu-ray technology a breeze.”

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, today announced the SH-222AB internal DVD writer with fast Lead-In that considerably reduces disc recognition time during start-up. With SAMSUNG’s new DVD writers, consumers will get ultra quick load times, dramatically reducing the wait time from disc insert to usage in the Optical Disc Drives (ODDs).

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With Samsung’s new technology, the SH-222AB DVD writer reduces its Lead-In-Time up to 60 percent at maximum. Prior to this, users of traditional DVD-writers had to wait 15 to 30 seconds of load time to start after inserting a disc into the drive. By reducing the lag time, Samsung’s SH-222AB enables a much richer experience for ODD users looking for quick start-up operation.

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Today, Aleratec Inc. added two new types of 6x Blu-ray BD-R media to its existing lineup of duplicator grade media. The new lineup consists of a 25-pack of white inkjet printable BD-R 6x media and a 10-pack of traditional silver BD-R 6x media.

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"Our customers look to us for the latest technology in hardware and media," said Perry Solomon, President and CEO of Aleratec. "We are pleased to offer 6x BD-R in both inkjet printable and standard silver formats for faster disc burning. In fact, we've gone a step further and optimized our Aleratec Stand Alone Blu-ray Duplicators (part #260201 and 260202) to burn at speeds up to an amazing 10x with this new media!"

Unlike other Blu-ray media, Aleratec's new 6x BD-R media is designed for use in demanding professional duplication applications, resulting in fewer bad copies due to poor disc quality. Additionally, the white surface of the inkjet printable 6x BD-R media produces professional quality labels and supports high-resolution color graphics. The company also offers a wide assortment of duplicator-grade LightScribe and traditional blank media, which have all been optimized for maximum reliability when used with Aleratec duplicators.

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ASUS offers the most complete Blu-ray selection with the fastest performance and award-winning design, including external and internal writers, combos and players with 3D support. The company has just launched the new BW-12D1S-U, the world’s fastest external 3D Blu-ray writer. It enables an easy transition from DVD, the fastest and most reliable Blu-ray burning performance, and a unique artistic approach to optical media.

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With burning speeds up to 12X via USB 3.0, Optical Tuning Strategy (OTS) technology for the best writing quality available and high definition 3D playback, the BW-12D1S-U further highlights the attention ASUS pays to design, arriving in a form inspired by diamond shapes. It also includes a unique blue power indicator for an artistic touch, and features a matching stand that allows for practical two-way horizontal and vertical placement to help users save space with increased versatility.

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Panasonic announced today that they will begin shipping the first 100GB BD-RE XL media (LM-BE100J) to the Japanese market on April 15th. These new triple-layer, rewritable Blu-ray discs are fully compliant with the BDXL specification and can hold about 12 hours of terrestrial digital HD (17 Mbps) or 8 hours and 40 minutes of BS Digital HD (24 Mbps) video. Panasonic's new BD-RE XL media also features a special coating that helps protect against dirt, fingerprints, scratches and dents.

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Panasonic has not released pricing yet. However, the discs are expected to cost about 10,000 Yen ($119US) a piece. Yikes!

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Buffalo isn't the only company with a portable, BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer on the way. I-O DATA Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing the BRP-U6X. This USB-powered drive can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x. The BRP-U6X is also capable of 6x BD-R, 6x 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 6x.

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The BRP-U6X comes bundled with WinDVD BD3D as well as Nero Express Essentials and is expected to cost 22,100 Yen ($270US) when it hits stores at the beginning of April.

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