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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: BluRay Wins!!!
By brystmar on 7/5/2006 3:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
...that can't even read CDs

RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By michal1980 on 7/5/06, Rating: -1
RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By Trisped on 7/5/2006 4:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
The issue is that CDs are still very prevalent and should be 100% compatible with the new players. It isn't like a major media change took place, as it is still optical disks at 12cm using refraction to indicate data. Unlike your analogy where the only similarities are shape, and the fact that they spin when they are played.

RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By killerroach on 7/5/2006 3:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I'd be playing CDs on a set-top movie player anyways... I mean, how many people use a DVD player for anything other than playing DVDs, even if they have the potential to play audio CDs, JPEG Photo CDs, or VCDs (well, the last one might appeal to some people, just not me)?

But I did see a demonstration of Blu-Ray at a local electronics store... Samsung had a display with their set-top Blu-Ray player and a 62" DLP television, which was nothing short of phenomenal (and made me wish that I had the $4200 needed to walk out of the store with both of them). There's still some minor niggles with the technology, but comparing it side-by-side with even HD content on digital cable wasn't even close (although I was impressed by the color vibrance on HD digital cable, this was only really taken full advantage of on commercials, something I could do without looking spiffy in HD). The first thing that came to mind was "I wonder what Advent Children will look like when it comes out on Blu-Ray".

RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By rushfan2006 on 7/5/2006 4:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
You don't HAVE to move on to Blue-ray or HD-DVD....UNLESS you *want* to.

CD's are still very much mainstream and I see it being that way for a quite awhile (re: YEARS). Why? Well most home users don't really get into backing up things (sad to say, but its true)...and if they do the cheapo CD's are their first choice, even DVD's are cheap next to blueray media.

Finally, its not like CD's are ancient now -- when the majority of the PC using world STOPS using them...yes THEN you can say "Dude, time to move on don't you think?".

Personally I see nothing overly exciting about a Blueray burner, especially at current prices...If you do video work or write programs I can see value in it, CD's and tapes are still all the backup I need.

RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By Visual on 7/5/2006 9:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
and which exactly recorder are you reffering to?
because there are plenty that can read and record cd, dvd and bd.
so just don't buy junk, instead of bitching about what it can't do.

RE: BluRay Wins!!!
By Filibuster on 7/5/2006 10:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
People still use music cds? ;)

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