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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

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