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The LH-2B1S will be the first Lite-On drive with Blu-ray Disc technology

Lite-On, the optical storage device company that took over BenQ's optical disc drive manufacturing process, has announced that it will be shipping Blu-ray drives in August of this year. The LH-2B1S will be the first Lite-On drive with Blu-ray Disc technology.

Blu-ray is capable of storing up to 50GB of data on a dual layer disk or 25GB on a single layer, more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. The drive will also be compatible with single and dual layer DVD±R media as well as CD-R/RW media. Verbatim also announced this week that it will begin shipping 2X Blu-ray media.

In addition to the high storage capacity, data transfer speeds will increase as it will feature the Serial ATA interface. Along with this announcement Lite-On also announced that BenQ will abandon manufacturing in favor of Lite-On.  DailyTech reported that Lite-On was taking over BenQ’s optical storage manufacturing earlier this year.



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I'll Pass -- For Now
By Inkjammer on 6/9/2006 1:39:32 AM , Rating: 5
Normally, I'm one of the early adopters quick to want to try new tech, but this whole Blu Ray/HD DVD thing has got me burned out to the point I'd rather wait and see who's left standing in the end before burning my money.

The HDCP is evil enough as it is, but I don't want to end up with a media that I'll regret having purchased months later.




RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By dice1111 on 6/9/2006 2:29:45 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree with you. I'm almost getting jaded about the whole thing. I don't care who wins right now, as long as someone does and we can move on...

Maybe they can play rock-paper-scissors or something. Lawyers are apparently doing it now...
http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/07/magazines/fortune/...


RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By Hypernova on 6/9/2006 3:58:49 AM , Rating: 2
months? The way I see this war is gonna drag out for YEARS. I fully intend to skip this gen and go staright to the HVDs.


RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By Strunf on 6/9/2006 6:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
From Wiki about HVD
"the reader currently costs approximately US$15,000, and a single disc currently costs approximately US$120, and by 2010, will cost about US$100"

I dont know but by 2010 the Blu-ray or even the HD-DVD will be at a FAR better price/space than that.


RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By Hypernova on 6/9/2006 7:33:18 AM , Rating: 2
Multi terabyte better? and the 100$ are projections which can be better epecially with medias.


RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By Strunf on 6/9/2006 7:43:24 AM , Rating: 2
100$ is the projection for a 300GB disk.


RE: I'll Pass -- For Now
By tuteja1986 on 6/9/2006 8:10:04 AM , Rating: 2
I just want a DISK to Hold 15GB + and cost arround a $1 disk and the drive to be $250ish.


DRM DRM DRM DRM- BlueRay=DRM, HD DVD= DRM
By Niv KA on 6/9/2006 6:14:27 AM , Rating: 2
Both BlueRay adn HD DVD are loaded with too much DRM. DRM that just resticts the ability of freedom for the consumer.

I suggest that the we(The Highly Technical consumer) team up with industry specialists and hardware manufactures and movie studios to bring a DRM free standard which will defeat both of the DRM loaded standards and RULE THE WORLD, or atleast the film media market.

Plus we need it to be an open standard, and royalty free.
Thats how JVC beat Betamax with VHS in the 80's

---Niv K Aharonovich




By Strunf on 6/9/2006 6:43:20 AM , Rating: 2
I guess we are 2 now to think the same...


By Chiisuchianu on 6/9/2006 12:32:19 PM , Rating: 2
im all for it, but the fact is these corporations have a strangle-hold on everyone, and they blatantly team up to brush aside better standards they cant profit from. look at ogg vorbis format - much better than any other compression format PERIOD for audio. DOUBLE the quality at HALF the size - its unbelievable and its open source (i believe) and free. yet no one supports it and its sooo sad because it PWNS mp3, wma, blah blah blah.


RE: DRM DRM DRM DRM- BlueRay=DRM, HD DVD= DRM
By robber98 on 6/9/2006 1:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
DRM that just resticts the ability of freedom for the consumer.


What's the "freedom" you talking about here? Could you be more specific? Is that something against the law?


By Xeeros on 6/9/2006 4:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
The DRM that restricts usage for lets say me not being super uber rich and not having a HDCP splitter for my HDMI thus regulating my usage of the content on the disc which I paid for.

The DRM that doesn't allow me to make a backup or store it on a media server etc...


By bob661 on 6/9/2006 6:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What's the "freedom" you talking about here? Could you be more specific? Is that something against the law?
The freedom from Big Brother. You know, 1984? Ring a bell?


As long as
By The Battōsai on 6/9/2006 6:37:54 AM , Rating: 2
I can make data back ups and these discs are durable, and my data backups don't have that encryption crap I'm fine with it. Regular DVD's look good enough for me :).




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