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Samsung releases its first dual-function Blu-ray drive.

Samsung Electronics Co. announced its first dual-function internal Blu-ray disc player, the SH-B083 Combo, which reads Blu-ray discs and reads and writes to CD and DVD format discs.<p>The Samsung Blu-ray disc drive for PCs is available with capacities of up to 25GB for a single-layer disc and 50GB for a double-layer disc. The Blu-ray drive reads BD-R and BD-ROMs at up to 8x speeds. The drive also reads CDs at up to 40x and DVDs at up to 16x.<p>The SH-B083 will be available in November in the U.S. through retailers like Amazon.com and NewEgg.com. Pricing wasn't disclosed.<p>The Combo drive features an average access speed of 350 milliseconds, which Samsung claims is faster than any other internal PC drive on the market.<p>Samsung's new Combo internal Blu-ray drive."With Samsung's new BD drive, users can not only watch HD movies on their PC, but they can also record HDTV broadcasting onto a DVD with the bundled software Cyberlink Powerproducer. They also can record HD camcorder movies to a DVD disc with Powerproducer," said John Suh, director of Samsung's optimal media solution (OMS) sales and marketing. <p>The drive is equipped with Samsung's Cyberlink TrueTheater software, which upgrades a DVD resolution movie to full HD resolution, according to the company.<p>Suh said the Combo drive is equipped with two lenses for more stable reading and writing. One of the lenses is for Blu-ray reads and the other is for CD/DVD reads and writes.<p>Samsung said that new technology, known as spherical aberration compensation, improves reading quality on a Blu-ray drive whose protective layer does not have a uniform thickness. The drive also has higher resolution in its optical pickup head unit position control system, which helps to transmit the smaller track pitch of Blu-ray discs.<p>The Combo drive also features low power consumption and an aerodynamic frame design to decrease acoustic noise, Samsung stated in a press release.<p>The drive's front bezel, or front panel, has an updated look, including a mirror design on the front door and blue LED. The drive is also lighter weight and has a shorter body than previous Samsung Blu-ray drives; that reduces internal heat and helps to make disc loading more efficient, Samsung said.<p>Copyright 2009 IDG Middle East. All rights reserved.

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