However, most of the hardware showcased there was experimental models, which means that their final specifications may be different when they will reach the market, next year.
Sony exhibited a desktop CD/DVD/Blu-Ray disk player which supports various Java-based features allowing user to control menus, network services and games. Play back of a High Density MPEG-2 video (40Mbps) was also showcased.
For the PC market, Panasonic showcased a half-heigh Blu-Ray/DVD Multi drive prototype, as well as a version for notebooks (slim type) with a slot-in tray.
Pioneer demonstrated the highly anticipated BDR-101 drive. The half-height device will support recording of recordable/rewritable Blu-Ray discs (BD-R/RE) at 2x (72 Mbps), recording of DVD-R/+R at 8x and also writing of DVD-RW/+RW at 4x. In the reading part, the multi-format device will read BD-ROM/R/RW at 2x, and DVD-ROM at 12x. The drive will communicate with the PC through an IDE interface. Note that the Pioneer BDR-101 and the BDR-101A are different models, offering different functionalities. More information on this will be available soon.