Saturday, May 26, 2018
Most Popular
Technology Previews
General Computing
WEB Reviews
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 V.3 4TB SAS 6Gb/s HDD Review
OCZ Vector 256GB SSD Review @ Custom PC Review
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H
NZXT Phantom 630
Auvio Bluetooth Portable Speaker Review
Corsair H90 CPU Cooler Review
BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z77X (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review
Noctua NH-L9i Cooler Review on Technic3D
Breaking News
FBI Says Reboot Your Router to Stop Malware Infecting 500k Devices
ASUS Chromebox 3 Series Coming in July
U.S. to Impose Fine, New Management to ZTE to Keep it in Business
Facebook Keeps Working on In-house Chip Designs
AMD Increased GPU Market Share in Q1
Seagate's New VR Power Drive Adds Capacity and Extends Battery Life of the HTC VIVE Focus VR Headset
Samsung Should Pay Apple $539 million in Patent Retrial
Amazon Admits Alexa Eavesdropped and Shared Conversation
Home > Technology Previews > General Computing

Friday, March 11, 2005
CeBIT 2005

8. BenQ - Page 1


BenQ's presence at CeBIT 2005 was impressive, with a very large booth covering all areas of BenQ's production.

Our attention was immediately drawn to the big logo on the wall and an array with the various editor's choice awards,

including, CDRInfo's Editors Choice award:

The main attraction of the booth, for optical storage lovers, was a working PC Blu-Ray drive along with a desktop Blu-Ray recorder. The PC Blu-Ray prototype drive is the BW1000, and is identified as a "PHILIPS BLU-RAY" under Windows:

Below we can see the lens/pickup unit of the prototype drive, along with Blu-Ray media:

Click To Enlarge!

According to BenQ/Philips, the Blu-Ray format is the way to go for the future, since the format has higher capacity (30GB) than HD-DVD (15GB) and can have interactive content. The used filesystem is UDF 2.60 revision (announced this week!) while future Blu-Ray plans include Double Layer, increasing capacity to 50GB! The used error correction is still Reed Solomon, while the writing speed of the prototype was 2X (CLV) and BenQ said that 4X and 5X should also be possible, but 6X is not possible since the data density is very high. The protection mechanism of Blu-Ray and HD DVD is more or less the same, with a strong encryption method using a large key...

We asked BenQ if the codec used by the Blu-Ray format would be H264 AVC or Microsoft's WMVHD codec. The answer was not very clear, but Blu-Ray can use either Mpeg2 or Mpeg4 AVC content, although we wouldn't bet our odds in favor of Microsoft...

The first commercial drives are expected end of 2005, original schedule was for Q1 of 2006, but it seems the competing HD DVD format changed plans, with a push for an earlier shipment. We asked BenQ for an estimated price for the drive, but don't expect low prices, where an initial price of $400 could be considered as safe, although we should wait a while until the drives hit the shelves, or it has been tested by our labs. The media could be another issue, although users will be able to burn 25GB with either BenQ/Philips or TDK Blu-Ray BD-R media and hopefully MKM will have released media by that date as well, after its announcement at the CeBIT 2005 Blu-Ray seminar.

Click To Enlarge!

Click To Enlarge!

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2018 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .