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Panasonic touts 'thinnest' Blu-ray drives

Posted: 03 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Blu-ray drive  DVD  PC manufacturer 

Panasonic Communications Co. Ltd has started shipping samples of what it claims to be the thinnest internal Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives at 9.5mm to PC manufacturers.

The company introduced the first 12.7mm high internal DVD Super Multi Drive in 2003 and has continued to pioneer optical disc drive technology by developing the drive's profile even thinner to 9.5mm and then to 7mm.

Now available to PC manufacturers, the new sample 9.5mm high BD drives, were accomplished by combining Panasonic's own technologies such as the low-profile, 2-lens actuator and spherical aberration compensation mechanism and an optimised optical design for CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc laser.

Due to the increasing need for data volume on personal computers and the gaining popularity of high definition digital images, the demand for Blu-ray discs and BD drives is rapidly rising. Panasonic believes that the 9.5mm BD drive meets consumer trends as it also provides a high added value for notebook PCs that are also becoming thinner and lighter. Panasonic continues to bring out innovative disc drives through steady improvements in their performance and features.

Even with its 9.5mm high thin profile, the new BD drive features double speed reading and writing for both write-once BD-R and rewritable BD-RE discs. This feature was facilitated through improved light usage efficiency, high-speed recording waveform and broader bandwidth of the light-receiving element. The product is also capable of reading and writing on BD-R DL (dual layer/50Gbyte) and BD-RE DL discs and will be compatible with future organic pigment-type BDs.

The new drive is also compatible with three types of optical discs (BD, DVD, CD). It supports reading and writing on four types of BD media (BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL) and reading of BD-ROMs. In addition, it is capable of reading and writing on seven types of CD/DVD media (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, +R, DVD-RW, +RW, CD-R, CD-RW) and reading of DVD-ROMs and CD-ROMs. Furthermore, the drive is capable of 8x writing on DVD-R/+Rs, making the handling of DVDs fast and easy.




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