Plextor, a supplier of optical and storage devices, is the first vendors to announce a drive with Blu-ray technology – the PX-B900A.

The internal (ATAPI) re-writer drive is capable of writing and re-writing Blue-ray disks at 2x (BD-R and BD-RE) up to a maximum capacity of 25Gb for single layer and 50Gb for dual-layer.
Rudy de Meirsman, sales & marketing manager of Plextor Europe, says: "We are delighted to be launching our first Blu-ray device. Plextor has a long history in providing premium, high reliability optical drives and the new PX-B900A is no exception. This launch marks the start of a family of Plextor drives utilising Blu-ray technology."
Blu-ray technology is a next-generation optical disc format for storing high-definition video and data. The name Blu-ray comes from the blue-violet laser used to read and write to the disc.
A Blu-ray disk can store significantly more data than a DVD (up to 25Gb for single layer and 50Gb for dual-layer), due to the wavelength of the blue-violet laser being shorter – which allows more information to be stored digitally in the same amount of space.
The PX-B900A not only uses the latest Blu-ray technology, but is also a highly versatile dual-layer DVD drive that combines multiple formats – DVD+/-R/RW and RAM – into one.
It can accept both 12cm and 8cm discs (in the horizontal position) and has a large 8MB buffer to ensure there is no data interruption. Write speeds: 2x BD-R/BD-RE, 8x DVD+R/-R/+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 4x DVD+R/-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 24x CD-R and 16x CD-RW.
The Plextor PX-B900A has been developed to strict environmental and recycling standards – to meet EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives.
Plextor Optical drives are available from the official distributor, IntelliStor  – www.intellistor.co.za