NEC develops chipset for Blu-Ray / HD-DVD recorder

by Dhiram Shah

NEC Electronics Japan is planning to end the format wars by developing a chipset which can read / write on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. It is already shipping chipsets which can read both the discs to manufacturers. The chipset when developed will look like a normal optical drive on your PC but will connect using the new SATA II or Parallel ATA interface the drive will support recording HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs at 5X, DVD±R/±RW/-RAM at 16X and CD-R/-RW at 48X.

The chipset will enter mass production by 4Q of 2006 and by start of 2007 NEC will pump out 300,000 chips monthly.

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