Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance digital media solutions, announces a new 24X DVD writer in Europe. The PX-L890SA is a highly accurate internal DVD RW developed for high quality DVD and CD burning. It has been designed with a rigid chassis and multiple dampers to absorb vibrations ensuring recording quality and stability, even at maximum 24X. Specially designed airflow paths cool the motor and other heat producing components extending the operational life of the drive.

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The drive is bundled with Nero 9 Essentials software and Plextor's own PlexUtilities and also incorporates LightScribe direct disc labeling.

The key features of recording accuracy, speed and powerful utility software make the PX-L890SA an essential choice for any purchaser requiring precise DVD burning.

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Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance digital media solutions, announces a new 12X BD writer in Europe. The PX-LB950SA is an exceptional high-speed Blu-ray writer, providing both smooth high-definition video playback and large-capacity data storage. It is able to record a 25GB single-layer disc in unprecedented 12 minutes and offers a substantial 50GB of data storage on a double layer Blu-ray disc, making the PX-LB950SA the ideal device for high-definition video and other data applications.

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Every aspect of the PX-LB950SA has been designed for data recording accuracy at 12X, while simultaneously reducing operational noise and vibrations. The drive is provided with PowerDVD 9 BD Suite, which incorporates a full range of flexible software tools for 3D Blu-ray playback and standard Blu-ray and DVD playback and recording. In addition, the powerful PlexUtilities software, of comprehensive test tool, media information, drive information, and drive tuning system, is also included. And with LightScribe direct disc labeling, users can burn customized labels on any LightScribe compatible discs.

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Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, presents their new external slim DVD writer with interchangeable cover patterns. Match fashions, express individuality, or brighten up your mood. Users can customize their drive design with their favorite cover pattern.

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The eNAU608 is a reliable Lite-On 8X DVD burner wrapped in an elegant slim case; perfect for sharing photos, creating home videos, or backing up downloads on the go. Users can enjoy disc burning and watch DVD movies on any notebook thanks to the compact and light design of the drive.

For added convenience the power to the portable drive is provided by USB, no other cables or adapters need to be carried. The eNAU608 is compatible with all common DVD and CD formats including DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R9, DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM.

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Sony Optiarc America today announced its next-generation half-height internal Blu-ray Disc® (BD) rewritable drives for the computer aftermarket. Available in a retail and OEM configuration, the new drives are an ideal replacement burner for a standard DVD drive while offering all the benefits of Blu-ray Disc technology, including Blu-ray 3D™ high-definition playback.

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The drives write single BD-R media at up to 12X and dual layer BD-R media at up to 8X speeds, recording a full 25GB disc in about 10 minutes.  The 12X recording speed is achieved using 6X compatible BD-R media.

The BWU-500S retail branded model comes with CyberLink’s Media Suite 8 software for capturing, authoring, editing, backing up, viewing high-definition personal content and playing back Blu-ray Disc movies including 3D Blu-ray movies.  Also included in the retail box is one 25GB Sony BD-R blank disc.

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Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, has just released the new eNAU108 external slim 8X DVD/CD writer. Weighing only 0.4 pounds, its slim and super lightweight design makes it a perfect travel companion with any netbook or notebook.

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USB-powered, the eNAU108 eliminates the need to carry a bulky power adapter. It is compatible with and supports all common DVD and CD formats so it is the convenient optical disc drive choice to keep around at home, in the office or on-the-go.

“The eNAU108 is a simple drive, designed to be a go-to writer for any home, office or traveler,” says Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager for PLDS. “Its small size makes it discreet, but its functions make it a must-have.”

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Buffalo Japan has announced a pair of BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writers based on what appears to be the Pioneer BDR-206MBK. The internal BRXL-6FBS-BK and external BRXL-6U2 are 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. On top of that, the two drives can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE discs at 2x.

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No word yet on when the BRXL-6FBS-BK and BRXL-6U2 will ship or how much they will be. Buffalo will be revealing this information at a later date.

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing the world's first BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc drive for the PC. Along with the ability to playback BDXL discs, the BDR-206MBK can write to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 6x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x. The drive 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 includes features like Pioneer's PowerRead and PureRead2 technologies. Pioneer rounds all this out with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback.

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The BDR-206MBK is scheduled to ship in mid November and is expected to retail for about 30,000 Yen ($372US).

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While 100GB and 128GB Blu-ray BDXL discs are finally a reality, this hasn't stopped TDK from pushing the technology to new limits. According to the Japanese website, Tech-On!, TDK has now developed a 1TB (yes, terabyte) optical disc. This disc contains 16 layers, with each layer capable of storing 33GB on each side.

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The company realized the large capacity by forming 16 recording layers, each of which has a capacity of 32 Gbytes on each side of the disc. The number of layers of an existing Blu-ray disc is four at most.

TDK succeeded in forming 16 layers by developing a disc material with a high light transmittance. Specifically, the light transmittance of one layer is 95.1%, and that of 16 layers is 72.6%.

Despite the number of layers, TDK claims that the time it takes to read one layer is the same as a standard Blu-ray Disc and the error rate is low enough for commercialization. The only problem they still have is the thickness of the recording layer (260μm), which needs to be 100μm or less to conform to the Blu-ray Disc specification.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its newest consumer-friendly external DVD writer, the SE-S084F optical disc drive. This drive will be available just in time for the holiday season at select online retail outlets.

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“Weighing less than one pound and available in five distinct colors, the Samsung SE-S084F DVD Writer was built for netbook and mini PC users, who require the flexibility of a smaller device, but do not want to sacrifice the benefits of an optical disc drive,” said John Suh, director of OMS sales, optical disc drive division for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. “For ultimate portability, the DVD writer offers customers high-performance reading and writing functions directly from a USB power source, removing the need for an AC adaptor or power cables.”

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Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS), a global leader and technology innovator in optical disc storage (ODD), revealed to introduce SATA 6.0Gbps based 2nd Generation, 'Hybrid Drive', as a successive product to ODD Hybrid Drive 1st Generation introduced in Taiwan last June which was loaded with SSD (Solid State Drive) for the first time in the world, at CEATEC 2010 held in Makuhari Messe, Japan, from October 5 to 9.

The 2nd Generation, 'Hybrid Drive', is an innovative product equipped with SATA III (6.0Gbps) based improved speed, and a comprehensive SATA port, by accumulating ODD & SSD circuits in a integrated PCB. This is a perfect reincarnation of the previous ODD structure, and users of all PC products can utilize HDD, ODD, SDD at the same time without having to change the entire system, by just exchanging the previous ODD.

Differentiated functions have been added to the Hybrid Drive such as the Green Playback; a low electricity - Title playing technology, and a comparison of real functions between Hybrid Drive applied products and non applied products of AIO (All-in-one) PC, Mini PC, HTPC, Gaming/Premium Notebook, will be introduced at this CEATEC 2010.

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