A Blu-ray Disc burner from Sony: BWU-100A

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SONY UNVEILS FIRST BLU-RAY DISC DRIVE BURNER

Burns up to 50 GB of Data and Keeps Video in Native HDV 1080i

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NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 –Sony Electronics today unveiled its first internal Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) rewritable drive for the computer aftermarket.

The new drive(model BWU-100A) supports up to 50 GB of data on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable) discs or up to four hours of high-definition video using HDV 1080i on a BD-RE 50GB disc. The new drive is capable of burning a full 25GB disc in about 50 minutes.

For personal content captured on a HDV camcorder, the BD drive is optimized for keeping the video in the native HDV 1080i for playback on home players compatible with BD-AV format and PCs with BD drives installed.

Sony’s BD drive also supports recording of standard single layer 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW/RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+R Double/Dual Layer Discs, and CDs, making it a multi-format burner.

“Now consumers, professional videographers and filmmakers can store, record and experience the highest capacity of high-definition video available – from capture to playback,” said Bob DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded storage products in Sony Electronics’ IT Products Division. “Our Blu-ray Disc drive represents a significant leap in storage technology.”

The BWU-100A drive comes bundled with the CyberLink BD Solution® from Cyberlink Corporation, which provides a complete software application for capturing, authoring, editing and burning high-definition personal content captured by a HDV 1080i format camcorder onto BD discs. Video can also be “down-converted” to standard-definition resolution for burning onto DVDs.

The internal drive features an IDE (ATA/ATAPI) interface and standard 5.25-inch form factor for easy installation inside a PC.

Availability and Pricing

The recordable/rewritable drive will be available in August for about $750. Pre-orders are now being accepted at sonystyle.com.

Sony BD/DVD/CD rewritable drives are sold direct through sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores nationwide (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at authorized resellers and retailers across the country, through mail order catalogs, and by select online shopping sites.
 
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Not only this BD burner is 25% cheaper than Pioneer's BDR-101A, but it also writes dual-layer BD-R and BD-RE discs and does it at 2x speed!

Here are some specs from SonyStyle:

MEDIA & MODES SUPPORTED
BD-ROM*, BD-AV, BD-R, BD-RE, DVD-R/-R DL/-RW, DVD+R/DVD+R DL/+RW, DVD-RAM: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD: CD-DA, CD-ROM (XA), CD Extra, Video CD, Photo CD*, CD Text, multi-session

READ/WRITE SPEED
Write (BD-R 50GB***/25GB) 2X CLV max**
Write (BD-RE 50GB***/25GB) 2X CLV max**
Write (DVD-R) 4X CLV, 6X - 8X Z-CLV max.**
Write (DVD-R DL) 4X CLV max. ***
Write (DVD-RW) 6X CLV max. **,br>Write (DVD+R) 6X-8X Z-CLV max**
Write (DVD+R DL) 4X CLV max***
Write (DVD+RW) 6X - 8X Z-CLV max**
Write (DVD-RAM) 5x Z-CLV max**
Write (CD-R) 12X - 24X Z-CLV max**
Write (CD-RW) 12X - 16X Z-CLV max. **
Read (BD-ROM) 2X max.
Read (DVD-ROM) 8X max.
Read (CD-ROM) 32X max.

SUSTAINED DATA TRASFER RATE:
9MB/s max. (2X BD-ROM)
10.8MB/s max (8X DVD-ROM)
4.6MB/s max (32X CD-ROM)

AVERAGE ACCESS TIME
210 ms (BD-ROM)
170 ms (DVD-ROM)
160 ms (CD-ROM)

INTERFACE: Parallel ATA (P-ATA)/EIDE

BURST TRANSFER RATE:
66.6MB/sec Ultra DMA Mode 4
33.3MB/sec Ultra DMA Mode 2
16.6MB/sec Multiword DMA Mode 2

BUFFER MEMORY: 8MB

POWER CONSUMPTION: 1.1A max (+5V DC), 2.2A max (+12V DC)

DIMENSIONS (WxHxD): 5.2 5 X 1.63 X 7.0 Inches

WEIGHT: 3.5lbs.

PACKAGE CONTENTS:
Internal BWU-100A Blu-ray Disc Rewritable Drive
Cyberlink® PowerProducer™ BD/DVD Authoring Software
Cyberlink PowerDirector™ Editing Software
Cyberlink Power2Go Data Burning Software
Cyberlink InstantBurn™ Packet Writing Software
Cyberlink PowerBackup Backup Software
Cyberlink PowerDVD™ Player Software
Mounting Screws
User’s Manual & Quick Start Guide

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pentium® III 800 MHz or faster (or equivalent) CPU minimum. Pentium IV 1.6GHz or faster (or equivalent) CPU is recommended for real time video authoring/editing 256 MB RAM 5GB of hard disk space.
Windows® 2000 or Windows® XP SP2 Home or Professional Operating Systems

WARRANTY: One Year Limited

*Playback of commercial movies on Blu-ray Disc (BD-ROM) requires additional software/hardware not included with this product. Requires compatible high-definition display for high-definition playback. Playback of AACS protected media may require an HDCP compliant output and HDCP compliant display. Photo CD playback requires additional software not bundled with this drive.

**Appropriate speed discs required.

***Requires appropriate double/dual layer BD-R, BD-RE, DVD+R DL media
 

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