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TDK beats all others to the finish line in shipping Blu-ray media

TDK Corporation announced today that it has begun shipping Blu-ray recordable media to retailers across the United States. The first wave of media will include 25GB BD-R (recordable) and BD-RE (rewritable) media.

This media is single-layered 25GB capacity.  TDK plans to ship dual layer media at 25GB per layer later this year as Blu-ray drives and set top recorders start becoming available. According to the press release, TDK's Blu-ray discs are manufactured at its Chikumagawa Techno Factory in Japan. The manufacturing process is much very different compared to that of CDs and DVDs.  TDK claims:

The high-sensitivity inorganic recording material utilized by TDK for the write-once type BD-R is completely different than the recording materials used for CD or DVD. TDK Blu-ray Discs’ inorganic material is impervious to light, making the discs exceptionally well suited for archiving data. Composed of copper and silicon, TDK’s exclusive CuSi recording material delivers remarkable, long-lasting performance. The recording material enables fast recording and playback speeds and also makes it possible to realize massive capacities through multi-layering.

Additionally, TDK has included its hard coating formulation called DURABIS for added protection to the media. Pricing on the media has also been released for the BD-R and BD-RE at $19.99 and $24.99 respectively. Later this year, TDK will ship the 50GB media at $47.99 for the BD-R media and $59.99 for the BD-RE media.

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RE: $1/GB!!
By hwhacker on 4/10/2006 8:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there's that...and the storage space ratio to that of solid-state media. 25/50gb is going to hold it's weight for quite some time, unlike 700mb and 4.7gb...In which using multiple disks for something like decent quality on a movie (vcd/svcd) or a harddrive back-up was something needed, un-so with this...unless you either need to back-up your ps3 game/need something in HD...Or have a massive amount of pr0n you just cannot lose.

They will use this to abuse the pricing...although...

$60 (meaning $40-50 in reality) for 50gb of rewritable, easily transportable media is actually pretty damn nifty...If it actually doesn't degrate to costers quickly like most cd and dvd's do...and read/write is actually livable.

With inevitable competition the prices will drop to reasonable-use levels quickly, but I seriously doubt to anywhere near the levels we're used to with cd's and DVD's...At least not for QUITE some time...When HD is prevalent, HDD's are at a much higher ratio, etc.

Still...I suppose a $10 copy of DMC4 is better than a $60 copy, eh?

RE: $1/GB!!
By Visual on 4/11/2006 12:02:20 AM , Rating: 1
I'm a blu-ray "fan" you might say. I can't wait to have my drive already. And indeed the main reason I like it is not what it'd do for HD movies, but for computer storage.

Believe it or not, DL DVDs are still near impossible to find where I live, and the prices are ridiculous. And those are write-once discs, I'm not even sure if there'd be a RW DL disc ever.

The HD-DVD standard was quite funny to keep track on as it evolved - their printed, R and RW discs each use completely separate specs, resulting in a mess that just screams "oversight" or "patch-up job" - attempting to increase capacity so as to counter BD's advantage, their RW format will be 20GB singlelayer and they're still working on duallayer which will have a 32GB capacity, their R format is still 15gb and will ONLY be singlelayer with the current spec (but the R specs are the oldest of the three so there are hopes for an update here) and for their printed media they came up with the genious "solution" of having dual-sided DL discs in order to fight BD (and for a while even advertised some dual-sided "hybrid" discs :/) Then they came to their senses and tried increasing layers on a single side, but the max that was possible was three layers, and those went deeper than the middle of the disc so dualsided became impossible... anyway, how do you fancy a format with 15/30/45GB printed media, only 15gb R media and 20/32GB RW media? Well ok, I agree, those numbers could've been even more random-looking, so it's not all bad. Just hope there don't turn out to be tons of incompatibilities with the RW discs and cheap players.

RW discs from the get-go instead of a "strapon" to the specs is just one of the reasons I'm all for Blu-ray here. And I really like the initial pricing, I must add, atleast for RW discs.

OFFTOPIC/to the site admins: For heaven's sake, fix your site at last, please. I'm sick of "Oops!"es every time I try anything after a brief interval of inactivity.

RE: $1/GB!!
By Spoonbender on 4/11/2006 5:00:09 AM , Rating: 2
Well, some of us just use harddrives for computer storage. Cheaper, faster, more reliable and takes up less space. ;)

RE: $1/GB!!
By IsDanReally on 4/11/2006 10:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
Hard drives being more reliable is questionable. My most recent set of large hard drives have all three failed within a year. Luckily, with RAID what you say is correct.

RE: $1/GB!!
By Visual on 4/11/2006 11:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
harddrives arent compact and portable enough. i thought it was pretty clear removable storage is what i had in mind.
and no, they aren't cheaper too - a 20gb harddisk these days will cost you probably more than $40 :p they do get cheap in the bulk capacities ofcourse, but im pretty sure by the time BD gets to 4 or 8 layers, the format will be serious competition to HDDs... prices will fall. oh and eventually it will be faster than HDDs for sure - tricks like reading all layers at once, kinda raid stripping with layers instead of separate drives :p still only needs one optical head too.

as to the reliability - only time will show, we'll have to wait and see. hddvd certainly doesn't offer much progress above dvds, but i do have high expectations of tdk's BD coating (fanboyinsh again, i know).

oh and what do you mean "takes up less space" ? doesn't seem so to me

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