“Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. plans to ship in the first quarter of next year a Blu-ray Disc computer drive for storing high-definition video content. The Pioneer BDR-101A is the company’s first optical disc drive launched in the midst of an industry split over future standards for high-definition storage discs. Dell, Apple Computer and Pioneer are the heavyweights supporting Blu-ray, while Microsoft, Intel, Toshiba and NEC back the HD DVD standard,” Antone Gonsalves reports for TechWeb News. “The BDR-101A uses shorter wavelength blue lasers in order to store up to 25 gigabytes of information.”

Gonsalves reports, “The BDR-101A will read standard DVDs, as well as Blu-ray discs. Pricing was not disclosed.”

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