No sooner do we hear about Panasonic's belt notch of being the first to release a 6x speed recordable Blu-ray disc than we get another does of the same and some hardware news that might even let us use the damn things.
Pansonic's 6x-ers have been joined by similarly rated BD-R disks from Sony Japan, while NEC has announced an LSI controller chip that should allow BD decks to write at up to 8x (whenever those discs arrive).
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Cost cutting too
The Sony BD-Rs will sell for the yen equivalent of around £7 from August, while NEC's chips will be available to manufacturers imminently.
NEC also claims integrating processing features onto the chip will bring down the overall cost of a Blu-ray recorder, which is a Very Good Thing.