Formats War II: HD DVD Advances, Flying the Flag of NEC. But only in DVD-ROM

Posted on Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 10:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Two formats are currently fighting for the blue laser market of optical storage drives - Blu-Ray and HD DVD. Blu-Ray demonstrates high storage capacity, but its manufacturing requires lots of investments to upgrade the existing facilities or to launch new ones. Hence a more expensive end product for a consumer. HD DVD - lower capacity of the media, but it can be manufactured in the existing facilities (only minimally modernized) so it's a potentially more popular and cheaper product. HD DVD was the first to find its way into our lab in the form of the HD DVD-ROM optical drive from NEC, HR-1100A model..

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