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Panasonic unveils Blu-ray Disc drives for notebook computers

Posted: 10 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:panasonic? matsushita electric industrial? blu-ray disc? bd?

Panasonic recently announced that the company will introduce Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives for notebook and desktop computers that can write and read single- and dual-layer BDs as well as all types of recordable DVDs and CDs.

Touted to be the first of their kind in the world, these drives will become available for personal computer manufacturers by spring 2006 along with the new non-cartridge BDs (bare disc) with storage capacities of 25GB and 50GB. With a height of 12.7mm high, the BD drive can record and playback the three generations of optical discs. It supports single-layer 25GB and single-sided, dual-layer 50GB BDs.

The multimedia drive uses the company's own laminated glass plate prism technology that enables the reduction in size of the optical pickup to one-twelfth of the size of conventional pickups. In addition, the newly-developed surface-treatment technology enables a significant boost in disc resistance to scratch, abrasion and dust, said the press release.

Prior to the introduction of the notebook-use disc drive, Panasonic will ship samples of the half-height (41.3mm) desktop version this month and start volume production by January 2006. The desktop-use disc drive also serves as a BD, Super-Multi DVD and CD drive. The device can write BDs at 2x speed.

Starting in spring 2006, Panasonic plans to mass-produce four types of bare disc BDs: single-layer 25GB and single-sided, dual-layer 50GB BD-REs (rewritable) and BD-Rs (recordable), all at 2x speed.

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