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Hybrid players due early next year

With no foreseeable happy ending to the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war, NEC has done us all a favor today by shipping a chip that is compatible with both formats.

According to Reuters, "the chips go on sale for 10,000 yen ($84), roughly the same price as NEC Electronics' chips which read only Blu-ray or only HD DVD formats." Players incorporating the new chip will be available sometime early 2007, reports AkibaNews.

While we now have silicon to rule both formats, the optical pick-up lens capable of reading both HD-DVD and Blu-ray is still currently in development. Until such a hybrid pick-up becomes reality, dual-players must utilize two separate lenses, which no doubt drives up costs.

A NEC spokesperson commented that a hybrid chip and optical pick-up would likely make up more than half of the cost of a player.

Developments to bridge the gap between the two warring formats isn't exclusive to hardware. Warner recently filed a patent outlining plans of a hybrid-disc that will be compatible with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray by means of layering one format on top of the other.



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RE: oh please
By zombiexl on 10/11/2006 9:55:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'd agree that SXRD does look good, even if its just a sony name on another technology.

But heres a good one for you. A friend of mine bought an SXRD 1080p with HDMI, etc right before the HD formats copy protection info was released (so months after sony knew) and now he has a 4500 tv that doesn't support HDCP. I mean it's not like Sony didnt know they were going to need it for BR, so why even put out a 1080p without HDCP?


RE: oh please
By michal1980 on 10/12/06, Rating: 0
RE: oh please
By Zoomer on 10/15/2006 10:41:09 AM , Rating: 2
They put it out because people will buy it. Some may not even need HDCP.


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