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Lite-on announces external Blu-Ray writer

Written by Dave Horvath @ 24 Aug 2006 11:49 User comments (10)

Lite-on announces external Blu-Ray writer This past July, Lite-on had announced that it would release an internal Blu-Ray writer by August. It still has not shipped to stores, but they have serious guts by announcing their new external Blu-Ray writer dubbed the LX-2B1U.
Armed with the ability for single and dual layer writing capabilities on both BD-R and BD-RE media with blazing 2X speed, this little player should do it all. Additionally, it comes packed with the usual backwards compatability of DVD and CD responsibilities.

Lite-on hasn't released a price for either their internal which was supposed to be out by now or their new external that is said to be shipped "sometime around the beginning of 2007". Is it possible the going trend of over-priced next-gen hardware has them a bit embarassed? One can only speculate.

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10 user comments

124.8.2006 13:31

Can't see it being big...2x burning 25gb? I really dont have that much time...until there is demand, they wont take off...Its good to get in first though

224.8.2006 14:06

It's amazing how slow and expensive things are at first..the price was not mentioned but, I know it will cost lots of money!

324.8.2006 15:28

You do realize that 2x CD, 2x DVD, and 2x Blu-ray are completely different speeds. 2x BR is much faster than 2x dvd.

424.8.2006 16:09

1x speed cd = 1 hour, approx, 1x speed dvd = 1 hour, approx, I assume 1x BR = 1 hour, approx Than 2x cuts it to 30 min, 4x to 15 min. 8x to 7.5 min. etc...

524.8.2006 22:30

How fast can you read/write data on a Blu-ray disc? According to the Blu-ray Disc specification, 1x speed is defined as 36Mbps. However, as BD-ROM movies will require a 54Mbps data transfer rate the minimum speed we're expecting to see is 2x (72Mbps). Blu-ray also has the potential for much higher speeds, as a result of the larger numerical aperture (NA) adopted by Blu-ray Disc. The large NA value effectively means that Blu-ray will require less recording power and lower disc rotation speed than DVD and HD-DVD to achieve the same data transfer rate. While the media itself limited the recording speed in the past, the only limiting factor for Blu-ray is the capacity of the hardware. If we assume a maximum disc rotation speed of 10,000 RPM, then 12x at the outer diameter should be possible (about 400Mbps). This is why the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) already has plans to raise the speed to 8x (288Mbps) or more in the future.
straight from" class="korostus" target="_blank"> so when there are 12x burners, it will be possible to burn 25gb in about one minute.

625.8.2006 4:47

Very Impresives

725.8.2006 7:32

After reading those stats Blu-ray doesnt look so bad. Once prices are reasonable and Blu-ray has a decent market share I might try to purchase one.

825.8.2006 10:53

I'm still going to wait on these. See wat developes.

925.8.2006 14:57

Here is what I find funny, Lite-On was supposed to launch the internal Blu Ray this month, but hasen't. PS3 was pushed back, what seemed to be blu ray issues. My question, given the new technology, although it has been touted for a while, what is so hard in producing this thing? I like the idea of media storage, and the movies should be good, but come on stop stalling and start selling this thing, so next year it will be cheap enough for me to even buy :) I will wait to see development in this medium. Also, what is the price of the media? That should be more of a concern than the drive. The drive could be reasonable and the media astronomical(spelling). I remember dvds costibg a lot when they first came out.

1025.8.2006 23:53

i wonder when these Blu-ray products are hitting the indian market....guess its gonna take tiiiime ! though this is very awesome stuff !very impressed :D

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