NEC to showcase a HD-DVD drive at CES2004
NEC announced its new drive supporting both existing DVD media, and the new-generation HD-DVD discs.
Drive´s unique feature is that its optical head features just one lens for lasers with different wavelengths ("blue" and "red").
If you remember, the HD-DVD standard was offered and supported only by two DVD Forum members, Toshiba and NEC.
HD DVD utilizes the short-length (blue) light sources, but media similar to the usual DVD. The capacity of a HD DVD blank is 15GB for a single-sided single-layer and 30GB for a single-sided dual-layer disc. The rewritable HD-DVD have 20GB capacities.
Besides, Sony has recently launched shipments of the new Professional Discs for Data (PDD) with 23GB capacities marketed as the media for high-end storage systems.
According to provisional information, the drive is to arrive for sale in 2005 (despite the demonstration at CES2004 in January), however in the end everything will depend on the amount of content intended to be stored on these new DVD drives. Initially these novelties will be used in PCs to move to the consumer DVD recorders in the future.
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