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Blu-ray for all

Akihabara News reports Hitachi-LG has launched a new 4x Blu-ray equipped PC and Blu-ray burner. We first got a taste of the GBW-H10N last month, but it looks like the drive is officially on the store shelves in Japan now.

LG’s XPION X600 series desktop PC features Blu-ray high definition video playback capabilities. The Blu-ray playback component of the XPION X600 is provided by LG’s Super Multi Blue drive that supports Blu-ray and DVD formats. Backing the Blu-ray drive is an NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT with HDCP compatibility and Pentium D 945 processor. Also included with the XPION X600 systems is 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 320GB hard drive.

For those of us not interested in buying an entirely new PC for Blu-ray, LG will also sell the GBW-H10N Super Multi Blue writer separately. The Super Multi Blue can burn Blu-ray recordable media at 4x while Blu-ray rewriteable media is limited to 2x. Up to 25GB of data can be stored on a single Blu-ray disc, though larger capacities are expected in the future. It is unknown if the LG GBW-H10N will support larger Blu-ray discs. DVD and CD recordable media formats are also supported with the GBW-H10N.

A Blu-ray player is expected before the end of the year, according to Akihabara News. There’s no mention of availability of the XPION X600 systems, though it may not be available to North American customers as LG doesn’t have much presence in the North American markets. As far as the Super Multi Blue GBW-H10N goes it most likely won’t be cost effective as other Blu-ray drives retail for north of $700.

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CD Recorders
By nah on 8/31/2006 9:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Actually we should be grateful--the first CD burners cost USD 35,000 ( 1988 ) and they could record audio at 1x--to record data an additional circuit board called the LEA had to be implemented at USD 14,000--this was for the Meridian Data Professional. It could record from a special hard disk subsystem known as the CD Publisher which weighed 300 pounds and was 30" X 21" X 42 "--about the size of a washing machine. Four ESDI drives had to be used--IDE didn't exist, SCSI was in it's infancy andMFM drives which were in use them were too small--4 drives were spanned to make 1.5 GB of space in 2 partitions--1 MS-DOS and 1 ISO 9660--all of this was used with an Intel 80386 @ 25 Mhz, 8 MB RAM, and a 4 MB hard drive. Using the thing was a pain--it had probably one of the most confusing user interfaces--and CD-R s cost about USD 100. So if you got everthing right and started burning at 1x and you slightly bumped the unit --you were out on 2-3 hrs of time and $100. BD-REs ain't so bad.

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