1000GB Blu-ray Recorder Announced By Hitachi

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Hitachi has revealed a 1 Terabyte Blu-ray recorder at the Harvey Norman retail conference being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Hitachi is set to launch a 1000GB Blu-ray recorder. The product that was shown at the Harvey Norman Conference being held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. According to Hitachi Australia the device will go on sale in 2008 for around $2,000.

A leader in storage devices, Hitachi has also released in the USA for US$400 the Deskstar 7K1000. It was first announced at CES 2007 as the world’s first one-terabyte hard drive and has now been shipping for a month. The drive offers colossal storage capacity and is well-suited for high-performance, gaming and media centre PCs and external storage devices. The drive uses perpendicular magnetic recording technology, allowing Hitachi to extend capacity beyond that available in current products. The hard drive features a 3.0Gb/s Serial-ATA (SATA) interface and large 32 MB data buffer to provide the performance required for high-end PC applications. Along with the Deskstar 7K1000 for the retail market, Hitachi has launched the CinemaStar version of the 1TB hard drive, which provides optimised capabilities specifically designed for digital video recording (DVR) applications.

 

Currently more than 155 Harvey Norman proprietors from both Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Singapore have gathered in Melbourne for the Harvey Norman Conference. Evan Manolis a Product Manager at Hitachi Australia told Appliance Reseller that “No one has a Blu-ray recorder. There’s players out there, but we will be leading the way with another Hitachi world first behind our hybrid hard disc and DVD camcorder as well as other high definition camcorder concepts we have yet to introduce,” he said.

Manolis also previewed a 50-inch 1920 x 1080 full high definition plasma television with frame rate conversion and HDMI 1.3 input as well as Hitachi’s swivel stand and one-touch remote.

“We plan to be the first to market with 50-inch plasma in full high definition for between $4,000 and $5,000. It is our 50th anniversary selling televisions, so it makes sense that we are the first brand to enter the 50-inch segment this year,” he said.

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