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128GB & 100GB “BDXL” Blu-ray Disc format specifications finalized
It was in back in April that we already talked about Blu-Ray Disc Associations’ (BDA) plans to release two new Blu-ray formats, namely, BDXL (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs). Now according to their recent announcement, they have finalized the specifications for the 100GB and 128GB BDXL format BD. The first will either come as a triple layer RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) disc, whereas the latter will be a quadruple layer R type of disc.
Bad news is the current BD players, which can support single-layer and double-layer discs, cannot support these latest ones.
Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL™ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs. Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.
“The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc™ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity,” said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. “By using the existing Blu-ray™ technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images. We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc™ market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc™ technologies.”
The BDXL™ specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL™ media. However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL™ capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc™ formats.