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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 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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