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New chip will unify Blu-ray and HD DVD

October 12th, 2006 · No Comments

NEC has announced an optical drive chipset that it says will make it relatively easy to produce combination and players. The new chip is able to drive and process data from BD, HD DVD, DVD and CD discs and is designed to be used with hardware supporting either one format or the other. However, when coupled with a lens assembly that can read and write both disc formats, combo machines become possible.
NEC says that the chip, dubbed SCOMBO, comprises two LSIs. One analog signal processor controls the optical pickup and reads out data from discs, while the other is a digital signal processor.
It can read and write data at 5X normal speed to and from HD DVD and BD, at 16X speed to and from DVD discs, and at 48X to and from CDs.
Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

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