Pioneer Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new 12x Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-S06J. This Serial ATA 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 8x. The BDR-S06J also includes features like Pioneer's PowerRead and PureRead2 technologies as well as an advanced firmware that reduces noise by adjusting the rotation speed when playing movies. Pioneer rounds all this out with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports Blu-ray 3D playback via PowerDVD 9.

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The BDR-S06J is scheduled to ship in early October and is expected to cost about 30,000 Yen ($361US).

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DigiTimes has reported that CMC Magnetics recently obtained certifcation from the Blu-ray Disc Association for its 50GB 6x BD-R DL media. According to the article, they are the first manufacturer outside of Japan to do so.

CMC Magnetics, the largest Taiwan-based maker of blank optical discs, on September 13 announced it has obtained certification from the Blu-ray Disc (BD) Association for its 50GB single-sided double-layer (DL) BD-R (recordable) discs at 6x write/read speed and has started volume production with monthly shipment volume to reach 150,000-200,000 discs beginning October 2010.

CMC is the first maker other than Japan-based ones to obtain the certification, the company pointed out. Based on the technology, CMC has been developing more advanced 3-layer and 4-layer BD-R formats, BDXL, the company indicated

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Sony Optiarc Europe has launched a new external Blu-ray Disc writer for intensive media users called BDX-S500U. This multi-talented device replaces an entire media centre. It writes to Blu-ray Disc at 6x speed, plays Blu-ray Disc movies, DVDs and CDs, archives large quantities of data and is suitable as a back-up medium and playback unit for practically any kind of terminal device. The BDX-S500U is also perfect for mobile technology fans who want maximum image quality and unlimited memory while they are on the move.

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Installed in the living room, the BDX-S500U from Sony Optiarc is an impressively versatile unit. Delivered with the CyberLink BD Suite, the external burner replaces the DVD player in the home cinema system. It is also optimally equipped for future home cinema applications as one of the first Blu-ray Disc players for 3D movies. The BDX-S500U can be used for the fast and long-term archiving of personal memories such as family photos, for video collection organisation and for the storage of favourite music from the PC or audio player. Users who have a PC, notebook and netbook now only need one drive for all three devices. They can quickly and conveniently store vast quantities of data and always have access to the CDs and DVDs in their video and music collection. Even when travelling, movie and TV series fans benefit from the BDX-S500U because this compact and light Blu-ray Disc Writer delivers brilliant images – whether the user is on the train, in the hotel, using a notebook or a flat screen.

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Sony Optiarc has launched a new 12x Blu-ray Disc writer. The BWU-500S is designed for all PC users who appreciate high image quality. Whether you are movie fan, amateur video maker or hobby photographer – if you have a passion for images and need a lot of memory, the BWU-500S from Sony Optiarc offers you practically unlimited possibilities. The drive writes high-resolution TV images and personal memories in optimum quality to Blu-ray Discs or DVDs. It is also ideal as a playback unit for HD flat screens or HD computer projectors. The BWU-500S is also equipped for future movie, TV and gaming applications – and it plays back 3D movies perfectly.

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The new Blu-ray Disc drive from Sony Optiarc is distinguished by its versatility. The BD writer not only delivers excellent image recording and playback quality, it is also suitable for back-ups and the long-term archiving of large volumes of data. The BWU-500S organises personal movie, photo and movie collections, preserves irreplaceable memories for the future and frees up space on your hard disc. Blu-ray Discs have a very long lifespan, which means they can store valuable content for long periods of time. Thanks to the device’s downward compatibility you can also continue to use your existing CDs and DVDs. The BWU-500S ensures that valuable digital content doesn’t get lost and it transforms a games or work PC into a comprehensive media centre that is fully equipped for future movie and TV applications.

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Buffalo Japan sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new portable, 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc writer.  The the BP3D-PI6U2-BK 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 drive also supports Pioneer's PureREAD and PowerRead technologies and can be powered off a computer's USB bus or the included AC adapter. Last but not least, the BP3D-PI6U2-BK comes bundled with CyberLink's PowerDVD 9 software which enables Blu-ray 3D playback as well as 2D to 3D conversion of DVD movies.

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The BP3D-PI6U2-BK is scheduled to ship in early September and is expected to cost about 28,500 Yen ($338US).

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The new Extreme Slim External DVD-RW from ASUS combines attractive aesthetics with the advanced optical media features demanded by portable PC users in a single slim, USB-powered package.

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Marking a departure from the bulky and bland appearance of typical external optical drives, the Extreme Slim External DVD-RW continues the emphasis placed by ASUS on innovative design. The extremely thin and compact squared form factor offers a refreshing take on this class of accessory, revitalizing the work and play spaces of PC users with a fun, easy to carry device.

It makes optical media accessible and effortless, fitting easily into any bag. The Extreme Slim External DVD-RW offers a high degree of portability, with its 14mm profile and lightweight construction. This extends full DVD read and write data and content handling to any Windows PC, being particularly helpful to users of netbooks, as those computers often do not have a built-in optical drive.

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Apricorn today released the EZ Writer II, an ultra-portable Dual Layer DVD burner with integrated USB cable offering a portable, all-inclusive solution for burning and playing DVDs and CDs that is ideal for notebooks and netbooks. Weighing just 11.7 oz, with a black gloss finish and sleek, slim-line design, EZ Writer II makes the perfect traveling companion. It's affordable too, with pricing for Back-to-School starting at just $54 (after a $25 mail-in rebate).

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"With the growing popularity of sub-miniature notebooks which ship without integrated optical drives, combined with the increased functionality of slim-line DVDs, demand for portable DVD drives is growing," said Mike McCandless, Apricorn's VP of Sales and Marketing. "With EZ Writer II's state-of-the-art design, low power circuit and a convenient integrated cable, it is really just a better mousetrap.

Truly portable, the EZ Writer II's bus powered design and handy integrated USB cable eliminates the need for an AC adapter and bulky cords. The built-in USB cable fits securely in a concealed groove when not in use, making it easy to transport in your notebook bag.

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TEAC Europe recently unveiled its new slim external DVD writer, the DV-W28PUK-T. While measuring a mere 142×142×20mm, 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 DV-W28PUK-T also comes bundled with Nero software and is available directly from TEAC for 64,90 EUR.

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I-O Data Japan has announced a pair of internal 24x DVD writers based on the Sony Opitarc AD-7260S. The DVR-SN24GE (beige) and DVR-SN24GEB (black) are capable of 24x DVD±R, 12x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The two drives come bundled with WinDVD and DVD Movie Writer 7 SE from Corel as well as Nero Express 9 Essentials. The DVR-SN24GE and DVR-SN24GEB are expected to ship in the middle of August for a suggested retail price of 5,800 Yen ($67US).

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Verbatim’s new Blu-ray media offers 25GB of storage capacity with a 6x burning rate and a wide printable surface to enable personalisation or labelling of the disc.  It is ideal for recording films in high definition, backing up large amounts of data and long-term archiving of files including photos and videos.  The new Verbatim Blu-ray BD-R 25GB 6x Printable is now available in stores in a 5-pack jewel case and a 10-pack jewel case.

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Blu-ray media is getting more and more attractive to consumers - both for home and professional use - to record and archive data.  Verbatim meets this demand with its new Blu-ray disc BD-R 25GB 6x Printable, which offers up to 5 times the capacity of a DVD-R, guaranteeing reliable and safe long-term storage of files, from home photos and videos to office documents.  With a burning time of less than 15 minutes, it is fully inkjet printable (22 – 117mm) due to its printable surface to the inner ring.

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