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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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Removable media is obsolete
By yyrkoon on 7/6/2006 1:59:15 AM , Rating: 2
As I posted above, I think TDK, and who ever else the market technology leaders are concering removable media, are going to end up making themselves extinct. In the past, I've seen the birth of CD's to current disk media technology, and every time, they get greedy, and price media / writters too high for the general public.

My forecast is this: they are going to do the same thing, trying to squeeze blood from a turnip, and suddenly most people are finally going to realize (and its already been like this for awhile), that buying an external USB enclosure / HDD will yield far more storage, for a fraction of the cost, and for all intents and purposes (in the household) removable media will die. people will stop using set tops for watching movies etc, but in fact will be using some form of a media PC, with a removable storage system, and perhaps someday soon, when the new MP3 format protection scheme gets implemented into movies, everyone will be allowed to download movies (for a fee), and be charged per viewing.

As it stands right now, there is no place for a DVD or better writter in our place, we've all already migrated to HDD, since its cheaper, can hold much more data / movies, etc. I still have a DVD-DL burner, but it never gets used for other than reading any more. Sure HDDs are larger, but if you compare how much a 250 GB drive can hold, and count out enough disks, and even using slimline cases, you'll see the HDD with enclosure is actually smaller :)

How about them apples TDK . . .

RE: Removable media is obsolete
By yyrkoon on 7/6/2006 2:05:17 AM , Rating: 2
scratch 'removeable' and insert external -----> 'but in fact will be using some form of a media PC, with a removable storage system'

RE: Removable media is obsolete
By robber98 on 7/6/2006 12:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind that no matter how good HDD is, HDD won't last longer then removable media (e.g. CD, DVD... etc). From price per storage standpoint, you are right on that, removable media has no match to HDD. But removable media is great for backup and contents distribution, they will not extinct from storage market. Imagine you have a 50 GB video file that in 1080P format and you want to send it to your friends and family, you aren't going to copy it to HDD and ship it over, are you? ;)

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