Sony to Ship Its BWU-100A Internal Blu-ray Disc RW-drive in August

Sony Electronics says it has successfully developed its 1st internal Blu-ray Disc RW-drive for the global digital market. The new drive, named model BWU-100A, supports up to 50 GB of data on BD-R or BD-RE discs. It's up to 4 hours of HD-video using HDV 1080i on a BD-RE 50GB disc. The new drive can burn a full 25GB disc in about 50 minutes. The BD drive is optimized for keeping the video in the native HDV 1080i for playback on home players compatible with BD-AV format and PCs with BD drives installed, for personal content captured on a HDV camcorder.

Additionally, Sony's model BWU-100A supports recording of standard single layer 4.7GB DVD+/-R/+/-RW/RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+R Double/Dual Layer Discs, and CDs. This makes it a multi-format burner. The new Sony's blue-ray drive comes bundled with the CyberLink BD Solution from CyberLink, that delivers a complete software application for capturing, authoring, editing and burning high-definition personal content captured by a HDV 1080i format camcorder onto BD discs. Video can also be "down-converted" to standard-definition resolution for burning onto DVDs. The internal drive also features an IDE - ATA/ATAPI - interface and standard 5.25-inch form factor for easy installation inside a PC. The Sony's BWU-100A recordable/rewritable drive will be available in August.

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