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Philips Electronics, a famous maker of consumer electronics, has unveiled plans regarding its Blu-ray disk supporting products. The company said on Thursday that it planned to release the Blu-ray disk burner for personal computers and consumer Blu-ray disc player in the third quarter of 2006.

Philips did not reveal much details regarding its BDP9000 Blu-ray disc player, however, it said that the device would have HDMI output and would be able to upscale DVD movies to 1080i resolution. Fully backward compatible, the player allows consumers to play their existing DVDs and CDs as well as their Blu-ray Discs. At press time, the company’s web-site also did not contain any information regarding the BDP9000 drive.

The firm also unveiled its SPD7000 TripleWriter drive, which is virtually the first Serial ATA optical drive and which can playback and record various optical discs formats, including CD, DVD and BD media.

Both the BDP9000 Blu-ray disc player and the SPD7000 TripleWriter drive will be available in the third quarter of 2006. The BDP9000 Blu-ray disc player will have a suggested retail price of $999, inline with the recently unveiled Blu-ray disc player from Samsung.


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