Panasonic Develops First Chipset For Blu-ray Disc Drive
Panasonic announced that it has developed the new chipset for disc drives to record and play Blu-ray Disc (BD; at 4x speed), DVD-Multi (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-ROM), +R, +RW, and all CD formats. Blu-ray Disc format, which uses a blue-violet laser, is being promoted as a standard for next-generation optical discs. So far chipsets for BD-R/BD-RE and DVD/CD were commercialized separately. However, the demand for a BD drive that is compatible with all BD/DVD/CD media formats increases. Panasonic will start sample shipments in December 2005 and mass production in January 2006.
This chipset is in accordance with BD and DVD/CD standards, and consists of two chips: a front-end processor for analog processing such as servo control and laser power control, and a optical disc controller for signal processing as digital lead channel. As for PC interface, the new chipsets have a series of part numbers which are applicable for either ATAPI or Serial-ATA.
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