The other half of LG’s big announcement was the GGW-H10N - a Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrid drive for a PC. Unlike the BH100, the GGW-H10N can access all the interactive features on HD DVD as well as Blu-ray. The reason for this is that the CPU in the PC can handle the processing needed for the interactive HD DVD features and therefore LG doesn’t have to incorporate processing power in the drive itself.
The GGW-H10N can also read, write and re-write to CD discs, unlike its living room bound sibling. The drive will also write to DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, BD-R and BD-RE discs. Conspicuous by its absence is the ability to write to HD DVD discs – the GGW-H10N only supports HD DVD ROM functionality.
With an estimated price of $1,200 the GGW-H10N is very expensive for a PC optical drive, but like the BH100, it’s also unique in its market. LG made it clear that all of the technology used in both its Super Multi Blue products is proprietary, but the Korean technology giant didn’t rule out the option of licensing this technology to other manufacturers.