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

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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    • moose17145
    • 13 years ago

    thus my question from the other threads has still gone unanswered. What happens when you put a hybrid disc in a hybrid drive?

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 13 years ago

      Usually, the offspring of two hybrids is a sterile bastard.

        • moose17145
        • 13 years ago

        hmmmmm … so what is the offspring then?

    • maxxcool
    • 13 years ago

    ….

    a blue ray lens
    a dvd lens
    a cd lens

    reliability must be in the toliet….

      • SGWB
      • 13 years ago

      They wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) need three separate lenses. They are probably using a solution like Richo’s multi-format diffraction grating. They might be using Richo’s grating.

      §[<http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=190300953<]§ The diffraction grating solves the problem of the data layers for CD, DVD and HD-DVD, and Blu-Ray disks laying at different depths below the surface. Intuitively, I'd think they could solve the problem with a focusing device on the lens, but this has to be cheaper.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Meh. Maybe I’ll be sticking with DVD for the next 5 years anyway. Good luck early adopters.

      • Bauxite
      • 13 years ago

      Yep, except -[

    • Forge
    • 13 years ago

    Universal drive good.

    1199.99$ bad.

    Continue waiting.

      • d2brothe
      • 13 years ago

      Agreed, I have never and will never pay more than 100 bucks for an optical drive. Even that is what I consider “damn expensive” for a burner.

        • moose17145
        • 13 years ago

        true, but new technology and all that ya know… gotta pay the premium if you wanna be the first on your street to have bragging rights i guess. Im sure some though won’t buy it for the bragging rights and will actually use it and enjoy it. Like Vrock comes to mind right off hand i suppose, from what i have seen in threads a drive that can do playback both might be beneficial to him… and still cheaper than buying the individual drives (last time i checked anyways). Idk though… we will have to wait and see what he says on the topic.

      • StashTheVampede
      • 13 years ago

      HD-DVD licensing and Bluray licensing is a heavy cost.

    • Shintai
    • 13 years ago

    Cant we just put the leaders of each group ina room with half a brick each? 2 enters, 1 exits! Either the strongest or most dedicated will win.

      • FroBozz_Inc
      • 13 years ago

      Two men enter, one man leaves… 😉

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    As nice as wide compatability is I’d just as soon not see bybrid BluRay/HD DVD drives so so BluRay can die off altogether. Also there seems to be a tendency with optical drives that the more read/write features it has the less reliable it is. meh…as long as this costs significantly more than HD-DVD only drives BluRay may still die :p

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