Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance digital media solutions, announces the new PX-B120U external BD-ROM. The PX-B120U was first introduced at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan in June and is now available for purchase in the U.S.

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The PX-B120U is a USB-powered external Blu-ray Disc playback device that allows users to watch high-definition movies on any Blu-ray capable PC or notebook. The device comes bundled with Cyberlink –high-quality Blu-ray and DVD playback software that provides a full Blu-ray experience in 3D, including the ability to upscale standard videos to HD-like and 3D-like visual quality.

“Blu-ray has become the media player of choice for consumers and we wanted to provide a versatile solution to our customers,” said Christine Hsing, Marketing Manager at Plextor. “The PX-B120U is great for on-the-go viewing and can also serve as the Blu-ray player at home. It’s a great all around solution for anyone’s Blu-ray needs.”

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Sharp Corporation will introduce the VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media (write-once) that conforms to the BDXL™ format specification, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format, a world first. These new Blu-ray Discs will be available in Japan beginning July 30, 2010.

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This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL™ format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray Discs to 100GB, twice the 50GB storage capacity of existing dual-layer discs. This new format enables recording approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital TV broadcasts. It expands the range of applications for Blu-ray Discs to include recording and saving long-duration HDTV programs or multiple episodes of serial dramas onto a single disc with the same high-definition image quality as the original.

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Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, announces the immediate availability of its iHAS524 internal DVD writer. The iHAS524 delivers a maximum write speed of 24X on select DVD recordable media, which is among the fastest available drives in the in the market.  The iHAS524 features Lite-On’s latest patented LabelTag technology – a unique disc-labeling feature for CDs and DVDs.

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LabelTag is the latest disc-labeling feature that eliminates the need for markers, stickers or other labeling methods, making it a perfect way to label discs without using any special media or tools. With LabelTag, users can use any standard optical storage disc to burn data and create a label in a circular motion in the same session.

LabelTag’s innovative technology makes disc-labeling as easy as burning data by allowing users to continue to add data after a label has been created. The use of this latest innovation makes it a cost-effective and an efficient form of disc-labeling. It also allows users to make creative and professional-looking labels without the hassles.

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The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL™, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc™ format with up to 128GB of capacity. With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware.

Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL™ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs. Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.

"The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc™ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity,” said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. “By using the existing Blu-ray™ technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images. We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc™ market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc™ technologies.”

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Buffalo Technology today announced its new MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer. Offering unsurpassed 12x Blu-ray write speeds in an external form factor, this new MediaStation drive is the fastest on the market. Ideal for users who want optimal playback and writing performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs on their PCs or notebooks or for those who want to archive content to optical discs. 

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The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer conveniently connects via USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, and includes the CyberLink Blu-ray 3D Ready Media Suite. Cyberlink enables full HD and Blu-ray 3D playback and upgrades consumers’ in-home movie experience with 3D movie playback or HD upscaling for standard DVD discs and video files. Additionally, the CyberLink Media Suite provides a complete and premium Blu-ray burning and playback solution. MediaStation BR3D-12U3 is also a great solution for periodic data backups and archives, preventing content loss in the event of a system attack by a virus or other malware.  

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Samsung Electronics announced today its new Blu-ray disc (BD) Combo, the SH-B123 optical disk drive (ODD), which reads BD-ROMs at the world’s fastest speed of up to 12X, CDs at up to 48X, and DVDs at a maximum speed of 16X. With Samsung’s new internal Blu-ray drive, users can watch HD movies on their PCs as well as record HD camcorder movies and HDTV broadcasting on DVDs with Samsung’s Cyberlink Powerproducer software provided in the BD combo package.

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“As market demand and adoption of BDs, HDTVs and digital broadcasting accelerate, so has consumer interest in watching Blu-ray movies on personal computers,” said John Suh, Director of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Optical Disc Drive Division Sales Team. “Samsung’s new BD combo drives can read BD discs, and read and write CD/DVD discs, providing consumers with a broad choice of HD movie sources on their computers.”

With Samsung’s Cyberlink Truetheater technology, consumers can upscale DVD resolution movies to full HD resolution. PCs can be verified if they are Blu-ray enabled by activating the Cyberlink BD advisor, also available in the package and via the Cyberlink homepage.

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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-S084D optical disk drive (ODD), is now available worldwide.

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Featuring a sleek design with a stylish metallic centerline, the SE-S084D won an iF Product Award Design, which is one of the world’s top three leading design awards, sponsored out of Hannover, Germany. The SE-S084D features a rounded shape and is available in seven colors. Its compact size is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than conventional DVD writers to accommodate today’s active mobile lifestyle.

“With a more compact footprint and lighter weight than competitive offerings, the new external DVD writer delivers high performance with a USB power source to eliminate electrical outlet requirements. As an eco-friendly product, the DVD writer is manufactured with lead-free soldering technology. The drive is also compliant to international environmental regulations that limit the use of materials such as Pb, Cd, Cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE,” said John Suh, Director of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Optical Disc Drive Division Sales Team.

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Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, proudly announces its 12X Blu-ray Disc (BD) writer: iHBS212. Lite-On recognizes the increasing consumer demand for higher Blu-ray writing speed and large volume data storage on Blu-ray Discs. The iHBS212 does just that: it offers the fastest Blu-ray writing speeds currently available in the market.

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This BD writer is capable of recording and playing back today’s most popular media formats including Blu-ray, DVD, and CD. Besides writing BD-R Single Layer discs at 12X, the iHBS212 writes Double Layer BD-R media at 8X, and reads BD-ROM discs at 8X as well. Single Layer DVD±R discs can be written at 16X, Double Layer DVD±R at 8X and rewritable discs at 8X (+RW) and 6X (-RW) respectively. The drive reads and writes CD-R at 48X and rewrites CD-RW at 24X.

“With the iHBS212 Lite-On strengthens its position as a leading Optical Disc Drive manufacturer”, says marketing manager. Jelmer Veldman. “Now that the marketing adoption of the Blu-ray format is increasing ever more, we are happy to offer our consumers this up-to-day Blu-ray writer, next to our BD-COMBO and BD-ROM drives”, Veldman adds.

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Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. (HLDS), a global leader and technology innovator in optical disc storage (ODD), today announced HyDrive®, the world's first solid state drive (SSD) embedded ODD. HyDrive® is going to be available in August 2010, installed on the Family PC 102 series from Moneual.

The SSD capacity will be 32GB and 64GB for the 1st generation and up to 256GB with the 2nd generation, which will be ready for mass production in March 2011 and have even faster SSD performance moving from SATA3.0Gbps to the SATA6.0Gbps interface.

HyDrive performance stands to reach its full potential on performance notebooks such as the ASUS N61DA, delivering data handling capabilities currently unavailable to consumers worldwide.

HyDrive® enables a total storage solution on the PC using the advantages of three storage device types – conventional hard drives, solid state drives and optical drives - without added space on the motherboard and modification of system architecture limited to replacing the existing ODD. Only HyDrive® enables this through an identical framework to that used in conventional ODDs.

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Plextor, a leading brand of high-performance digital media solutions, announces today their new external BD-COMBO Super Multi Drive that lets consumers enjoy the latest in High Definition Blu-ray playback. The PX-B310U is a robust and stylish designed drive that can be connected to any PC or notebook by a USB 2.0 cable, making this plug-and-play BD-COMBO drive the ideal solution for those users who are looking for portability and flexibility.

The PX-B310U gives consumers an all-in-one solution for playing back Blu-ray Discs, while maintaining the capability of archiving data onto CD or DVD. The drive supports fast and high quality 16X burns on single layer DVD±R media (4.7GB), 8X burns on double/dual layer media (8.5GB) and 12X on reliable DVD-RAM media.

The PX-B310U comes with an advanced software bundle: CyberLink BD Suite lets users do everything they want with video and discs, e.g. authoring and burning, data archiving, HD playback, slideshow creation, video editing, photo retouching, music ripping and label printing. TrueTheater™ HD turns standard definition DVD images into high-definition quality images.

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