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    Toshiba Samsung Preps Blu-Ray DVD Drives For PCs

    Originally Posted by TechWeb News
    Jan 20, 2006 10:01 AM

    Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp. has completed the technical development of its Blu-Ray disc drives for PCs, the company said.

    The backward-compatible single-layer technology will read CD and DVD formats and is expected to launch in March, according to Richard Aguilera, western regional sales manager for optical disc-drive products at Samsung. "The first technology will burn Blu-Ray, but only read DVD and CD disks," he said.

    "The next technology we'll launch," Aguilera said, "will burn all three technologies--Blu-Ray, DVDs and CDs." Samsung's second-generation is scheduled for release between April and August, Aguilera said.

    Today's DVDs use red lasers at 650nm to read and write data, while Blu-Ray and HD-DVD use a shorter wavelength, blue laser at 405nm. The Blu-Ray beam can focus more precisely, enabling it to read information recorded in pits that are only 0.16 microns long, which is more than twice as small as the pits on a DVD. The smaller pit length allows for the storing of up to 25 Gigabytes in a single layer disc, about five times more than can be stored on a standard DVD disc.

    Blu-Ray will initially surface in high-definition consumer products sometime before September, Aguilera said. As prices begin to fall, more PC manufacturers are expected to build the drives into their products.

    "First, you'll probably see the technology pop up in storage applications to replace tape technology," he said. "And you're likely to see the technology used by the telecommunications and the financial markets before you see it built into PCs."
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    "The first technology will burn Blu-Ray, but only read DVD and CD disks,"
    I would have expected it to burn all three formats, Blu Ray, DVD and CD.

    "The next technology we'll launch," Aguilera said, "will burn all three technologies--Blu-Ray, DVDs and CDs."
    This is the one I would wait for. Now, the price is going to be a deciding factor.

    In fact, I going to wait a while until a dual-format drive appears (if one is even planned) that will burn both HD-DVD & Blu Ray, as well as DVD and CD.
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    I kinda expected to see a single format drive due to red/blue operating at differing levels. I'd imagine the price is going to be considerable initially. As the article says, these will be single layer drives as well.
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  4. "Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp. has completed the technical development of its Blu-Ray disc drives for PCs, the company said."

    Wait a second, Toshiba is working on a Blu-Ray drive? The same Toshiba that is spearheading HD-DVD?

    This is a mis-print or Toshiba must be having 2nd thoughts on their format. Why would you help the "other side" unless you're fighting a lost cause?
    For the love of God, use hub/core labels on your Recordable Discs!
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  5. Apparently "Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp. (TSST)" doesn't toe the Toshiba company line. 8)

    http://www.macworld.com/news/2006/01/20/bluray/index.php

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    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which is a partner in TSST with Toshiba Corp., said it will launch internal and external Blu-ray Disc drives later this year under its own brand name.
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    A rival format, HD-DVD, is also being pushed as an alternative format to Blu-ray Disc. HD-DVD can hold 15GB on a single-sided, single-layer disc and counts Toshiba among its strongest backers.
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