1640, 1655 [and 1650] and how the recent firmwares been going downhill, even for a mature product
like the 1640, id say we just got hosed!
Lite-On Announces Q3 Launch of Blu-ray Drive
The LH-2B1S will be the first Lite-On drive with Blu-ray Disc technology
Lite-On, the optical storage device company that took over BenQ's optical disc drive manufacturing process,
has announced that it will be shipping Blu-ray drives in August of this year. The LH-2B1S will be the first Lite-On
drive with Blu-ray Disc technology.
Blu-ray is capable of storing up to 50GB of data on a dual layer disk or 25GB on a single layer, more than five
times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. The drive will also be compatible with single and dual
layer DVDÂ±R media as well as CD-R/RW media. Verbatim also announced this week that it will begin shipping
2X Blu-ray media.
In addition to the high storage capacity, data transfer speeds will increase as it will feature the Serial ATA
interface. Along with this announcement Lite-On also announced that BenQ will abandon manufacturing in
favor of Lite-On. DailyTech reported that Lite-On was taking over BenQâ€™s optical storage manufacturing earlier this year.