Fujitsu announced that in June it will launch desktop personal computers equipped with Blu-ray disc drives, becoming one of the first companies to release PCs compatible with the next-generation optical discs. Hedging its bets, however, the company said it also plans at the same time to launch notebook PCs with HD DVD drives, catering to both camps.
The announcement, made last week, came just after Toshiba said it would introduce in mid May notebook computers that can handle HD DVD discs, which compete with incompatible Blu-ray discs.
The new Fujitsu desktop PC, for initial sale in Japan only, comes with a 37in LCD screen. At the core of both DVD formats are blue lasers, which have a shorter wavelength than the red lasers used in current DVD equipment, allowing discs to store data at the higher densities needed for high-definition movies and television, Reuters said.