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PLDS have today announced the iHES208, an 8x internal Blu-ray Disc Combo drive.

Featuring the practical combination of a Blu-ray reader and DVD writer, the iHES208 presents consumers with an all-in-one solution for high definition playback as well as high quality data archiving to DVD and CD media.

The iHES208 is capable of writing to the most popular DVD/CD media formats on the market as well as offering additional playback from Blu-ray discs.

With a BD writer and an internal and external BD-ROM already in its product portfolio, Lite-On is determined to fulfill the growing demand for more Blu-ray compatible products.

“Now that Blu-ray is becoming a widely accepted and popular format for High Definition video playback, we want to offer the consumer another solution to enjoy Blu-ray on their PC,” says Jelmer Veldman, Marketing Manager for Lite-On in Europe. “This BD-COMBO is the perfect upgrade for those users who want to playback High Definition movies on their PC.”

In addition to a SATA interface, the iHES208 integrates LightScribe disc labelling technology, allowing users to burn silkscreen labels via the laser onto LightScribe-supported media without the need for paper or pens. Data is written in the usual way and the disc is then flipped over to complete the labelling process. Users can choose from a variety of colours to easily create a disc with a highly professional finish.

The iHES208 is available across Europe from April 2009 with a SRP of £150.

Summary of reading and writing speeds can be found in the PDF press release online at:

About PLDS:

PLDS (Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions) is a joint venture between Royal Philips Electronics and Lite-On IT Corporation, established in 2007 and active in the market of Optical Disc Drives (ODD). The combination of a strong R&D-focus and access to enormous production capacity makes PLDS an industry leading company. PLDS has the brands Lite-On, HP (under exclusive license) in its portfolio.

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