LG readies Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrid drive for PCs

— 8:59 AM on January 5, 2007

We already know LG plans to unveil a dual-format high-definition player capable of reading both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats at CES. However, LG won't stop there. A company press release leaked slightly early by Home Toys says LG will also announce a dual-format 5.25" drive for PCs next week. Dubbed GGW-H10N, the drive will be able not only to read both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, but also to record 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray discs.

The upcoming drive will be quite speedy, too: the press release says it will burn single-layer (25GB) Blu-ray media at 4X, cutting write time for a whole disc to just 23 to 24 minutes—roughly half the time required by current 2X Blu-ray burners. Along with high-definition formats, the GGW-H10N will be able to read DVDs and CDs and record CDs, as well. Users will be able to get their hands on the drive some time this quarter, although they'll have to pay "under US $1,200" for the privilege. Thanks to Engadget for the link.

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