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NEC to show off its first HD-DVD drive

At the Computer Trade Show next week

NEC has stated that it will be showing off its first HD-DVD drive at CTS (the Computer Trade Show) in Birmingham next week.

According to a press release, demonstrations will be given "showing the capabilities of the new technology and the potential for vastly improved home entertainment and computing technology".

HD-DVD is one of two formats competing to become the industry standard for next-generation DVD movies and data storage. It is backed by Toshiba, Intel and Microsoft among others. The competing standard, Blu-ray Disc, is backed by companies such as Sony, Apple and Philips.

One perceived advantage that HD-DVD has over Blu-ray, especially to those sitting on NEC's side of the fence, is that it will be cheaper to manufacture for existing DVD media makers. This is because the manufacturing processes are similar for DVD and HD-DVD - to change a production line from manufacturing DVDs to Blu-ray Discs would be more problematic and expensive.

CTS runs from 10-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.


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