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Ricoh develops multi-format optical device (Blu-Ray& HD-DVD in one)

ah802
07-09-2006, 10:35 AM
Ricoh developed an optical device that reads and writes all disk formatsóBlu-ray Disc and HD-DVD, as well as DVD and CD. The component is a 3.5-mm diameter, 1-mm thick round diffraction plate with minute concentric groves on both sides which function as a diffraction grating.

The diffraction plate is placed between lasers and an objective lens. The diffraction grating is designed to adjust a light beam to an optimum incident ray relative to the objective lens so that light focuses on the proper position for each disk format.

Not withstanding the agreements that have been signed forbidding hybrid equipment. The company intends to offer the device to OEMs by year's end.

http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=190300953

eHDMI
07-09-2006, 11:38 AM
Nice..I'm sure that's gonna have HEFTY price tag attached to it. I wonder if the 2 formats will give it the go ahead?

HAL9K_
07-10-2006, 04:48 AM
Hopefully they wont mind a pc burner. I think their main consern is the stand alone players, time will tell.

firsTraveler
07-10-2006, 05:41 PM
Cool.

Ricoh might have an anti-trust case if they're prevented from selling it.

borromini
07-10-2006, 08:56 PM
Can one file a lawsuit for not being granted a license on a technology that has a patent? I didn't think so.

firsTraveler
07-11-2006, 11:22 AM
Can one file a lawsuit for not being granted a license on a technology that has a patent? I didn't think so.

Ask Microsoft and IBM.