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Ricoh Aims to Bridge HD Formats

18 Jul, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Ricoh Co. last week said beginning in 2007, it would supply to CE manufacturers technology that could read optical discs in both the HD DVD and rival Blu-ray Disc formats. The new hardware component incorporates a diffraction plate that can alter the laser and allow the drive to read all formats.

“Yes, we've developed a drive,” confirmed a Ricoh spokesperson, who declined to state possible pricing.

Sample releases are slated to begin later this year.

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