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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 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.

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