NEC Ships Blu-ray / HD-DVD Hybrid Chip

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Tarkus, Oct 11, 2006.

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    NEC Ships Blu-ray / HD-DVD Hybrid Chip
    Marcus Yam - October 10, 2006 10:39 PM
    Hybrid players due early next year

    With no foreseeable happy ending to the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war, NEC has
    done us all a favor today by shipping a chip that is compatible with both

    According to Reuters, "the chips go on sale for 10,000 yen ($84), roughly
    the same price as NEC Electronics' chips which read only Blu-ray or only
    HD DVD formats." Players incorporating the new chip will be available
    sometime early 2007, reports AkibaNews.

    While we now have silicon to rule both formats, the optical pick-up lens
    capable of reading both HD-DVD and Blu-ray is still currently in
    development. Until such a hybrid pick-up becomes reality, dual-players
    must utilize two separate lenses, which no doubt drives up costs.

    A NEC spokesperson commented that a hybrid chip and optical pick-up would
    likely make up more than half of the cost of a player.

    Developments to bridge the gap between the two warring formats isn't
    exclusive to hardware. Warner recently filed a patent outlining plans of a
    hybrid-disc that will be compatible with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray by means
    of layering one format on top of the other.
    Tarkus, Oct 11, 2006
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