In addition to the HDPV-UT Series of Portable Hard Drives, I-O Data has also launched a new USB 3.0 12x Blu-ray Writer that goes by the model name, BRD-UT12. The new Blu-ray writer utilizes the USB 3.0 High-Speed Interface and it comes with the ability to burn Blu-ray discs at up to 12x for BD-R discs. Other than the BD-R format, it is also capable of writing BD-RE at 2x, DVD-R/+R at 16x, DVD-R/+R DL and DVD+RW at 8x, DVD-RW at 6x, CD-RW at 24x and CD-R at 48x. The writer is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 and has LED indicator that lights up green when connected with a 2.0 port and will glow blue when connected by a 3.0 port. The I-O Data BRD-UT12 is expected to debut in Japan at the end of next month for the price of $270.