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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: Wishful thinking I know but still....
By mxrider on 7/5/2006 3:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Then we would all need terabyte sized drives......

RE: Wishful thinking I know but still....
By rushfan2006 on 7/5/2006 4:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
True enough on both your point on Terabyte drives and the other poster's point on waiting before 100gb games come about. However, knowing the rate this industry moves I see this all within 10 years (especially the terabyte drive part)...the 100gb game, maybe that'll take 15 years MAX.

Then again in 10 years look how far graphics and sound in games have come, so I say in 10 more years live-action game play graphics will look as good as graphics only seen in cutscenes and introductions now. And I imagine that level of graphic detail will be a space hog too.

So who knows -- purely from the gamer side of me..its all pretty exciting stuff to think about.

By dagamer34 on 7/5/2006 4:24:54 PM , Rating: 2
While all this technology is nice, it's probably going to fall into a niche market just like DVD+/-DL and DVD Audio.

It doesn't really matter if it can hold 1TB if it isn't affordable.

By RMTimeKill on 7/5/2006 4:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
10 years for 1TB drives? they already have 750GB drives... I say in the next 18-24 months max for 1TB HDD. Still... very exciting stuff. Movies are gonna look better at home then in the theater (provided you have a 1080p+ TV of course)

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