Monday Samsung announced that it launched a new internal Blu-ray disc Combo drive--the SH-B123--that offers BD-ROM speeds of up to 12x. Currently this is the world's fastest for Blu-ray discs, and the drive also promises read speeds of up to 48X for CDs and up to 16X for DVDs. Bundled software allows users to watch HD movies on the PC, record HDTV broadcasting and HD camcorder movies onto DVDs, and even upscale a DVD's current resolution to HD.
"The new BD combo guarantees high reliability in BD play performance by utilizing two lenses and a two laser diode structure, which provide stable BD read, and DVD and CD read/ write performance," the company said. "SACT (Spherical Abberation Compensation Technology) improves the quality of the read function on BD drives if the protective layer does not have a uniform thickness. In addition, PSCT (Precision Step Control Technology) optimizes position control for the optical pick-up feature that requires small track pitch of BD drives."
Samsung also said that its Firmware Live Update service ensures users that they always have the latest BD drive firmware version. The SH-B123 is actually eco-friendly, and sports an Aerodynamic Frame Design for low acoustic noise. It also operates at a low-power consumption level--25-percent lower than comparable drives on the market.
Samsung's new BD combo, the SH-B123, is available worldwide in July 2010.