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Sharp announces a “Quick Starting” Blu-ray Disc player for late fall

The Blu-ray Disc player pool will have to make room for another, as Sharp Electronics will be releasing this fall its first player for the high-def optical format, reports High-Def Digest.

The player, designated as model BD-HP205, will support 1080p output at both 24- and 60-fps, and will include on-board Dolby TrueHD decoding, along with the requisite analog 5.1 outputs. For its I/O port standard, the BD-HP205 will support HDMI v1.3.

One feature on the BD-HP205 that Sharp is already promoting is “Quick Start,” touting the machine’s ability to begin the playback of a disc with minimal delay after the insertion of a disc. Current Blu-ray Disc players on the market, with the exception of the PlayStation 3, suffer from loading times that are much longer than what consumers have become accustomed to when viewing DVDs.

Unfortunately for U.S. home theatre aficionados, the upcoming player from Sharp is not planned for American shores, at least not officially, according to PC World. Instead, Sharp will have for the U.S. market the BD-HP10U, first showcased at CES, priced at $1199.

Sharp’s move to enter the Blu-ray Disc player market was expected. The Japanese electronics company announced late last year that it was producing blue-violet laser diodes in considerable quantities, even though Sharp did not have any players in its product line.

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"quick start"
By alienbibin on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: "quick start"
By Flunk on 7/9/2007 9:26:08 AM , Rating: 2
The hardware is not significantly more complex than a DVD player. Blue Ray players use hardware decoder chips and cheap integrated CPUs just like DVD players, they are hardly in the same catagory as computers (which are general purpose machines. While the electronis for one of these players is more expense that that of a DVD player (development costs, higher transistor count) a good chunk of the extra cost comes for the blue-violet laser diode required to read the discs which are difficult to manufacture (high failure rate).

And you can store all the programming for your computer in non-volitile memory. What do you think a SSD (solid state disc) is?

RE: "quick start"
By darkpaw on 7/9/2007 10:34:57 AM , Rating: 1
I would say based on the early models it is significantly more complex than a dvd player. The spec sheets for the early HD-DVD players read exactly like a 2 GHZ range computer system, minus hard drive.

That has probably changed somewhat since they launched with the cheaper models, but there is definately more hardware then what is found in a typical DVD player.

RE: "quick start"
By Anh Huynh on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: "quick start"
By Slaimus on 7/9/2007 11:56:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think the player just implements something similar to suspend to disk (hibernate), except it probably uses flash memory.

The reason these HD players have a moderm CPU is that they support executables on the disc itself. The disc can load custom software for interactive features or copy protection.

RE: "quick start"
By Anh Huynh on 7/9/2007 1:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'd place my bets on it being in a constant sleep state for instant-on.

RE: "quick start"
By alienbibin on 7/12/2007 5:03:53 AM , Rating: 2
I'm an engineer who designs AV stuff, so I know how complicated things can get.
One more thing, non-volatile memory like NAND flash cannot make instant ON computers. If that is so why do they still use RAM??? The SDRAM is considerably faster than NAND Flash. If such a RAM can be made non-volatile and in large capacity, then we get instant ON computers!

RE: "quick start"
By eyebeeemmpawn on 7/9/2007 1:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
well yeah...

Haven't you heard the engineering moto?

If it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features!

Slow start?
By peldor on 7/9/2007 9:55:50 AM , Rating: 4
Maybe I'm misreading it, but pricing a new player at $1200 is a guaranteed slow start for sales. A year ago that was a viable price point. Not now.

RE: Slow start?
By h0kiez on 7/9/2007 12:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
For players that get replaced with a new model at least every year, the price guarantees it permanent niche status...not just a slow start.

content protection and java are the culprit
By netrindomain on 7/9/2007 10:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
as I understand, HDMI handshake, especially with HDCP verification, was to blame for a large portion of the startup delay of these hi-def players. As an example, a few unnamed HDMI-based DVD players enjoyed significant speed boost when the firmware has been hacked to disable the HDCP.

also, any one who played Pirates of Carribean BDs will understand the agony of loading java-heavy contents ;-)

By Anh Huynh on 7/9/2007 1:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
The slow boot up times are because the players have an operating system, either Linux or WinCE. It requires a boot up just like a normal computer.

I'll be the first...
By CupCak3 on 7/9/2007 12:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
This might be a bit too bold but... Who cares???

RE: I'll be the first...
By bunga28 on 7/9/2007 2:56:19 PM , Rating: 2
now...that is too bold!

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