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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
First HD DVD ROM Drive Announced in Japan


Japanese Buffalo announced the release of the first HD DVD ROM drive for PCs, offering playback of double-layer 30GB HD DVD video movies.

Dubbed "HDV-ROM2.4FB", the ATAPI drive will retail in the Japanese market late December at a suggested retail price of 37,000 Yen ($322).

The drive is based on the Toshiba SD-H802A HD DVD ROM drive, and it is capable of reproducing both single layer (15GB) and double layer (30GB) HD DVD-ROM media at 2.4x (CLV, 10708.8 KB/s). Other specifications include reading of DVD-ROM and DVD±R (SL and DL) as well as DVD±RW media at 5x. As for the CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW formats, the Buffalo drive supports reading at a speed of 15x maximum.

PowerDVD HD DVD Edition by Cyberlink is bundled in the retail package of the drive, and allows playback of HD DVD movies. Of course, the hardware requirements for reproduction of HD video includes a system with a Pentium D 3.2GHz or higher (CoreDuo T2500 2.0GHz recommended), 1024MB of memory or higher and at least an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT/7900GT 256MB or an ATI X1800/X 1,900,256 MB GPU.

The HD DVD reproduction environment also includes Windows XP SP2 or Vista operating system, the latest Nvidia or ATI display drivers (HDCP enabled). For full HD video reproduction through DVI or HDMI interfaces, an HDCP monitor or TV are required.

Buffalo HDV-ROM2.4FB is one of the first HD DVD ROM drives for the computer market that have been publicly introduced, in addition to NEC?s HR-1100A, which was announced in September, 2005, but which never showed up on the market any widely. HP has also announced its first external HD DVD-ROM drive (hd100), which is expected to retail for around $770 later this year.


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