Pioneer Electronics today announce what it says will be the industry’s fastest Blu-ray burner. The BDR-205 will feature up to 12x write speed for single and dual-layer Blu-ray Disc (BD) media.

The BDR-205 will begin shipping to original equipment manufacturers in October, while a retail version, the BDR-2205, will be available in the first quarter of next year for U.S. $249.

By comparison, top Blu-ray burners today typically top out at 6x write speed and retail for around $200 Canadian.