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Sony Intros 2nd-Gen. BD Burner

San Jose, Calif. — Sony will start shipping a second-generation internal Blu-ray writer in November with an expected $600 suggested price point.

The BWU-200s has 4x BD-R write speeds, about twice the rate of the first generation model, enabling a 50GB BD-R disc to be filled in about 45 minutes. In addition, it has 16x DVD+/- burn speed. The drive is bundled with CyberLink BD Solution software, allowing the user to author, edit, burn and view high-definition content in 1080i format.

The drive uses as serial ATA interface and has a 5.25-inch form factor.

The drive will sell through starting in November and the company is now taking pre-orders.