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Device to Allow Both Blu-ray and HD DVD on Same Hardware

 |  |  July 10, 2006

This could be a huge breakthrough (if the manufacturers will adopt it, that is…)

The Nikkei Net Interactive reported over the weekend that Ricoh is working on a single device which can play both Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks.

The device is a diffraction plate which, when placed between the laser and lens, allows for the width of the laser beam to be adjusted.

“This diffraction device is the first one that is ready for four formats [CD, DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc], including BD and HD-DVD,” a Ricoh spokesman told EETimes. “It will make it possible to build players and recorders ready for all formats, which will benefit consumers”

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