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NEC demonstrates HD-DVD drive

Written by Jari Ketola @ 18 Dec 2003 11:18 User comments (4)

NEC demonstrates HD-DVD drive NEC has built and demonstrates the first optical drive with a dual red/blue-laser optical head. The single head is capable of reading both existing red-laser based DVDs as well as next-generation blue-laser based HD-DVDs.
NEC and Toshiba's Advanced Optical Disc (AOD) technology was approved by DVD Forum to be a candidate for next-generation HD-DVD discs. Meanwhile Sony is doing its best to push the Blu-Ray format, aka Professional Disc for DATA (PDD).

Two HD DVD format specifications are currently being promoted for standardization by. One is the ROM (read-only-memory) disc with 15GB of storage capacity on a single layer and 30GB on dual layers and the other is the rewritable disc with 20GB of storage capacity. In November, the DVD Forum's steering committee approved the proposed HD DVD-ROM format in version 0.9.

Sony is currently focusing on data storage markets with its PPD technology, and is already shipping products to OEM manufacturers. NEC will be demonstrating the dual-format AOD drive next month at 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. However a final product will probably take quite a while to hit the stores.

Professional Disc for DATA homepage

NEC press release

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4 user comments

118.12.2003 13:27


My killer sig came courtesy of bb "El Jefe" mayo.
The Forum Rules You Agreed To!
"And there we saw the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" - Numbers 13:33

218.12.2003 17:44

ITs A BLUE friggin LASER!! That alone is worth the cost of the drive! :] Think the PS3 will have the new laser-AOD thing?

318.12.2003 17:46

Nephilim can you explain your sig to me, im (really, seriously) having trouble concentrating and figuring what the heck its saying...i think its making fun of gun control. im lost

419.12.2003 10:24

Well, if the hollywood boys get their fingers into this one you know it will be the read only format that they push for. Everybody knows a 20gig rewritable disc format will kill the movie industry just like VCRs did...

We mustn't lower ourselves to the level of those we loathe, lest we become loathsome ourselves.

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