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Panasonic LF-MB121JD Blu-Ray Recorder - First Photos And Info

I-O Data Joins Blu-Ray Camp

Jetway Introduces 939GT5-SLI Motherboard

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - Up To 750GB Of Perpendicularly Recorded Data

OCZ Technology Announces PC2-6400 Gold GX XTC Modules

Panasonic LF-MB121JD Blu-Ray Recorder - First Photos And Info

Not only I-O Data, but also Panasonic unveiled its new Blu-Ray products.

The internal LF-MB121JD is capable of writing BD-R/RE media at 2x (72Mbps). It supports dual-layer media and is also fully compatible with DVD (writes DVD±R/RW at up to 8x, DVD±R DL at 4x, DVD-RAM at 5x) and CD (writes CD-R at 24x and CD-RW at 16x).

The bundle includes Power2Go 5. According to the vendor, the device is supported under Windows 2000/XP, including 64-bit. The novelty is expected to go on sale on June 10 for "mere" $850.

Source: Akihabara News, Newlaunches

I-O Data Joins Blu-Ray Camp

More and more Blu-Ray optical drives are being announced these days. This time I-O Data joined the camp with Panasonic-based novelty (though it also reminds the Pioneer's device announced last year). The external BRD-UM2 (USB 2.0) and internal BRD-AM2B (ATAPI) are expected to go on sale early in June for about $1040 and $940, respectively.

The new Blu-Ray disc drive supports dual-layer BD-R/RE media of up to 50GB capacity. It also can read and write DVD and CD blanks.

In case you would like to watch some high-definition HDCP content, you will need DVI/HDMI interface, 256MB of VRAM and at least 3GHz processor (dual-core recommended).


  • Writes:
    • BD-R (single- and dual-layer): 2x *
    • BD-RE: 2x
    • DVD±R DL: 4x
    • DVD±RW: 6x
    • DVD±R: 8x
    • DVD-RAM: 5x
    • CD-RW: 16x
    • CD-R: 24x
  • Reads:
    • BD-ROM: 2x
    • DVD-ROM: 8x
    • CD-ROM: 32x

* (1x for Blu-Ray is equal to about 3.1x for DVD)

The bundle includes Ulead DVD MovieWriter 4.7, Ulead BD DiscRecorder 2.5, WinDVD for BD, WinDVD 5 OEM, Ulead Burn.Now 3 and Ulead DataAdd 2.5.

Sized 146x190x41.3mm, BRD-AM2B weighs 985g. BRD-UM2 is sized 146x190x41.3mm and weighs 1.4kg.

Source: PC Watch

Jetway Introduces 939GT5-SLI Motherboard

Jetway introduced its new motherboard for AMD Socket 939 processors that supports SLI - 939GT5-SLI. It bases on NVIDIA nForce4 4C51D + nForce4 SLI MCH chipset and supports Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron CPUs. Of course, it's equipped with two PCI Express x16 slots (as well as 2 x PCI Express x1 and 3 x PCI slots).

The board has four sockets for dual-channel DDR400, 4 x Serial ATA II ports (RAID 0, 1, 0+1), dual Gigabit Ethernet (supports NV Firewall), an AC97 codec and a FireWire port.

One feature that stands out is CPU Vcore16-Shift - dynamic CPU voltage adjustment useful for auto-overclocking. The price and sales date are to be disclosed.

Source: Jetway

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - Up To 750GB Of Perpendicularly Recorded Data

Seagate published an interesting PDF document describing the soon-to-come Barracuda 7200.10 series utilizing the perpendicular recording. The series will include hard drives of 200GB to 750GB capacity. Like the previous Barracuda 7200.x, newer drives feature 7200 rpm spindles, SATA interface and support Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

Of course, the most interesting are two 750GB models: ST3750640A (Parallel ATA) and ST3750640SA (Serial ATA). According to the description, they will have 16MB cache and 4 plates (and 8 heads).

Pity, but there is no data about seek time, the current bottleneck of perpendicular drives. And the average latency is rated 4.16 ms. Maximum rated throughput is naturally limited by PATA and SATA standard limitations of 100MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively.

The new drives will seemingly be released for desktop machines and maybe even media PCs, though their sound power of 3 bels (seek) and 2.7 bels (idle) might be too high for the latter.

Source: Seagate

OCZ Technology Announces PC2-6400 Gold GX XTC Modules

OCZ Technology today announced the addition of PC2-6400 DDR2 to the Gold XTC series. OCZ Technology now offers a complete line of gamer-grade XTC DDR2 solutions ranging from DDR2-533 to DDR2-1000 to meet the demand of the impending arrival of the new AMD and Intel CPU architectures.

The PC2-6400 GX XTC series operate at 5-5-5 timings and offer lower latencies than standard DDR2 modules. DDR2-800 Gold XTC will be available in 2GB dual channel kits.

Source: OCZ Technology

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