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Pioneer BDC-202 combi plays Blu-ray, burns/plays DVD & CD

by Bob Crabtree on 26 January 2007, 15:23

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Pioneer will be launching in spring a rather interesting combi optical drive - one that reads Blu-ray Disc and also burns and reads DVDs and CDs.

The BDC-202, first unveiled at CES and due in the second quarter of the year, is an internal PC drive - with an ATAPI/IDE parallel ATA connector, rather than serial ATA, we're assuming.

It's reckoned to let you "watch pristine quality high-definition (HD) movies on PCs" - though this will require a suitable graphics card and player software - and to offer the read/write speeds detailed below (no mention made of CD writes, though):

Media

Read

Write

BD-ROM

5X

-

BD-R/-RE

5X

-

BD-R DL/-RE DL

2X

-

DVD-ROM

12X

-

DVD-RAM

5X

5X

DVD-R/+R

12X

12X

DVD-RW/+RW

8X

6X

DVD-RDL/+RDL

8X

4X

CD-ROM

32X

-


No pics are available still - but one internal optical drive looks much like another - and no clues as yet on pricing.

However, we'd guess that the BDC-202 - which is said to be aimed at OEMs and systems builders - will be considerably more affordable than Pioneer's BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc burner, which goes out for over £500 (inc VAT).

Thoughts? Check out Pioneer's release on page two, then share 'em with us in this thread in the HEXUS.lifestyle.news forum.

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External.links

Pioneer UK - optical drives home page