has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The
BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback
of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant
graphics card and display is
required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also
required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.
The BWU-100A is a multi-format disc drive that supports recording to Blu-ray,
DVD-R, DVD+R and CD-R/RW discs. Blu-ray discs up to 50GB are supported with the
BWU-100A. Sony claims a 50GB Blu-ray disc can accommodate approximately 4 hours
of 1080i video. Recording speeds of up to 2x are supported with Blu-ray media
which is typical for a first generation drive. DVD recording is limited to a
maximum of 8x with DVD+R and DVD-R media while CD recording is limited to a
maximum speed of 24x.
Pricing for the BWU-100A will be around $749 which is a little less than the
recently announced BenQ
GBW-H10N and Pioneer
BDR-101A. Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray recorders will be available starting late
July to make use of the previously announced
TDK Blu-ray media.