Philips has announced its plans for the introduction of its first Blu-ray Disc consumer products ? the home entertainment player (BDP 9000), an all-in-one PC Writer (TripleWriter) and new Blu-ray media (BD-R and B-RE, single layer 25 GB and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE 50 GB).
The BDP9000 consumer player will be available in the US in the second half of 2006 and the TripleWriter (SPD7000) will be available in Europe and the US in the second half of 2006.
Philips also introduces four Blu-Ray disc types: 25 and 50GB versions of BD-R and BD-RE. The Blu-ray Disc has a protective cover layer utilizing an advanced hard coating technology, offering robustness.
The new Philips TripleWriter (SPD7000) features recording and playback capabilities of all popular optical storage formats including CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The drive features a 2x (72 Mb/s continuous data-rate) read and write speed on
BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE media. The drive reads and writes a variety of legacy media including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD+RW and DVD-RW. Additionally, Philips will launch four types of discs (BD-R and BD-RE, single layer 25 GB and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE 50 GB) together with the introduction of the TripleWriter. The TripleWriter can be built into any PCD featuring S-ATA interface.
The TripleWriter (SPD7000) will be available in Europe and the US in the second half of 2006.