Currently, Pioneer has released the BDR-101A, capable of writing at 2x on BD-R/RE media and also supporting DVDs. The second generation of the company's BD burners is expected for January 2007. The BDR-102A will be a triple-writer, which means that it will support writing on BD, DVD and CD media.
Currently, mass production of Blu ray and HD DVD hardware has been delayed due to the limited availability by blue laser diodes. Current suppliers can reportedly cover a very small percentage of the overall demand. In addition, the demand is expected to be higher with the introduction of Sony's Playstation 3 game console, which is equipped with a Blu-Ray drive. The situation is expected to change next year.
Korean-based Samsung is also expected to work on a Blu-ray/HD DVD drive. Ricoh has already announced that they have developed assemblies that would make it easy to build hybrid drives.
Pioneer's Red laser drives
Pioneer is also expected to release a series of red-laser DVD burners in the following months. The Japanese company has scheduled the release of the DVR-112 series, the successor of the DVR-111. The drive will offer 18x writing for DVDs and will have an ATAPI interface. Release is scheduled for January 2007.
One month later, Pioneer is expected to launch a S-ATA version of the 18x DVD drive, code-named DVR-212.
Both DVR-112 and DVR-212 series are also expected to come in LightScribe-enabled versions, later in March and April 2007. But before then, Pioneer fans should expect the DVR-111C (LightScribe model). Although the drive is still pending HP's LightScribe verification, it should be expected later this year.