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Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray Burner  (Source: Sony)
Sony's newest Blu-ray burner cuts 50GB disc burn time in half

Sony announced today a new updated internal Blu-ray burner for PC. The new drive doubles the write speed as compared to previous Blu-ray BD-R burners inside computer systems. The new BWU-200S Blu-ray burner cuts burn time in half allowing a full 50Gb BD-R disc to be burned in about 45 minutes. Previous drives were 2x drives and the burn time was around 90 minutes for a BD-R disc.

In addition to burning BD-R discs, the drive can also burn DVD+/-R discs at 16x, DVD DL burning is supported as well. Software is included with the burner that allows for the capture, authoring, editing, burning and viewing of high-definition content captured in HDV 1080i format from HDV camcorders.

With the BWU-200S a BD-R or BD-RW disc can store up to 230 minutes of HD video. Sony uses a SATA interface rather than the PATA interface more common to optical drives. The form factor is the standard 5.25-inch internal size and the drive and its software are compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

“Advanced optical storage technologies, such as Blu-ray Disc technology with its vast capacity compared to DVD technology, will be key enablers for next generation PC applications like HD personal video content and high-definition TV recording,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director for removable storage at IDC. “Sony's many innovations in optical storage have prepared the company to be a leader in the Blu-ray Disc writable market.”

The BWU-200S will be available directly from Sony in November for around $600 and is available for pre-order now.



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RE: Slow progress of the HD era
By scrapsma54 on 10/10/2007 9:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
I know, and there still are dvd players for $500 out there that have a DVR installed. But, when DVD first came out it wasn't required to get a EDTV (yes 480p has been out for a while) to unlock the potential of that quality media. The newer formats require some really expensive cables, like HDMI and Fiber optic just because of HDCP and DRM BS. It seems like this format war is about anti-piracy and glorified resolutions. Sure pictures are sharper, but are they superior in vibrancy compared to DVD? Remember Toshiba's Colorstream? The best looking presentation of a 480i source since Far Cry: Instincts on Xbox.


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