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TDK 25GB Blu-ray Media Rated at 6x - Image courtesy PC Watch

TDK 100GB Media - Image courtesy PC Watch
TDK takes Blu-ray to 3 times the current media speed

With the bulk of Blu-ray writers launching at 2x write speeds, a higher speed media seems a little premature. However, TDK brought Blu-ray media rated at 6x to the 8th Annual Data Storage Expo in Japan and expects to launch media rated at 4x before the end of 2006.

The 6x media is a single layer 25GB Blu-ray disc which probably won't reap benefits until 6x drives come out. We are guessing we won't see 6x drives until at least later this year or early 2007 given the launch trends of previous optical standards.

TDK was also showing off 100GB Blu-ray media which we reported on back in April. The 100GB media uses a 4-layer process which has spacer layers between. TDK's latest trend graph shows a maximum speed of 4x for 100GB media.

TDK did again hint at 200GB media on that same trend graph which also shows a 6x write speed. The 200GB media is an 8-layer media on a single side. We probably won't see that density for another year or two so we’ll have to be satisfied with the current 25GB/50GB capacities.



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RE: !
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/5/2006 2:49:51 PM , Rating: 1
The question is how resistant is it to scratching, and can it be produced enmasse cheaply? If not, forget it. Dual-Layer DVD's have still not caught on with the mainstream, most DVD's and movies are still single layer. Layering is fine and dandy but it seems to complicate the production process immensely, and costs for 2 layers and up multiply just as fast, regardless of medium.


RE: !
By brystmar on 7/5/2006 3:02:21 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, almost all studio-release DVDs produced in the past few years have used dual-layer media. DVD-9 just hasn't caught on in the mainstream recordable market because of its price.


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By One43637 on 7/5/2006 4:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
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Actually, almost all studio-release DVDs produced in the past few years have used dual-layer media. DVD-9 just hasn't caught on in the mainstream recordable market because of its price.


yep, was going to say the same thing. you can till it's a DL disk when you notice on movies a slight pause if you have a cheapo Dvd player.


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