October 25th, 2003, 03:31 AM
Blue Laser Burner: Next Month, $3300
Sony's 23.3GB blue laser optical storage system will finally come to market next month, when the company ships products based on the technology. Those products were to have shipped in the summer.
Aimed at the kind of high-end storage applications traditionally delivered by 5.25in, 9.1GB Magneto Optical (MO) discs, the Professional Disc for Data (PDD) - as Sony is now calling it - was launched last April.
The multi-layer 4.7in discs are fixed inside cartridges. Instead of the red lasers used to read not only MO discs, but CDs and DVDs, PDD uses blue laser light which can be focused on a smaller area of the disc's surface, thus increasing the medium's data density and thus its overall capacity.
Sony said it will offer an internal PDD drive, the BW-F101, capable of using both recordable and re-writeable PDD media. As per Sony's April launch, the drive will cost around $3300, with discs coming in at $45 for 'PDD-R' and $50 for 'PDD-RW'.
Sony is already planning a second-generation machine that ups the capacity to 50GB. Alas we'll have to wait to 2005 for it. A third-generation unit, due some years down the line, will double capacity and throughput again, to 100GB and 36MBps, respectively, Sony said.
Toshiba and NEC, meanwhile, are working on blue laser devices based on existing DVD media - which, they claim, will make the technology not only much cheaper to implement but will be backward compatible with today's DVDs. Nor does it require the disc to be fitted inside a cartridge.
This is why I waited on going to the DVD+RW format.. I'd much rather have 23-50GB capacities than the 7-9 that is currently available.
I'd say by 2005, the price will drop significantly. I am really looking for that Toshiba/NEC blue laser device that is backward compatible.
October 25th, 2003, 05:32 AM
For 3,300 bucks I would upgrade all of my hardware than get a DVD/RW with that capacity.
October 25th, 2003, 13:50 PM
oh I would never buy it at that price.. but you look back to the first CDR drive..
I think it was like $10,000 or something like that..
October 26th, 2003, 05:52 AM
all bets are off...
And now you can pick them up for less that 100 (AUD).
DVD-RW is the same...prices have dropped heaps...
Be great when they become mainstream
October 26th, 2003, 06:57 AM
Yah if you want a DVD+RW they should become much more cheap than they are now.. after this new technology is released.