Samsung SH-B123 Blu-ray drive offers 12x read performance

Samsung has been whipping out several new pieces of hardware today and the final new offering is the SH-B123 Blu-ray combo drive. The drive can read BD-ROM and burn to CDs and DVDs. The new Blu-ray drive is designed to be used inside a desktop PC.

The drive has a standard 5.25-inch form factor and ships with Cyberlink Powerproducer software for authoring DVDs and CDs. The combo player uses two lenses and a laser diode structure for stable BD reading and CD/DVD read and write.

The drive also offers Samsung's Firmware Live Update function to ensure the user has the latest BD drive firmware version. The drive supports media burning and read speeds of 12X BD-ROM read, 8x BD R/RE/DL read, 48X CD-ROM, 40X CD-RW, 16X DVD±R recording, 12X DVD-RAM recording, 8X DVD±R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW. Samsung will ship the drive globally in July at an undisclosed price.