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TDK Releasing 100GB BDXL Disc Soon

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TDK plans to launch its first BDXL Blu-ray Disc this September.

Last week we reported that Sharp was introducing new Blu-ray media and recorders that support the BDXL format. It's first BDXL disc, the VR-100BR1, uses three layers to provide a whopping 100GB of storage space. Additionally, the company's BDXL-certified drive can both read and write up to 128GB of data--the capacity of the larger 4-layer BDXL Blu-ray media--and will be included in two upcoming standalone Blu-ray Disc Recorders.

Now TDK is apparently chiming in with the announcement that its upcoming "BRV100HCPWB1A" BD-R discs will also be BDXL-certified and offer 100GB of storage. The disc will support 2x and 4x writing, and will naturally require a BDXL-supporting writer/player. The media is expected to reach Japanese retail outlets in September, and may cost around $50.

According to a chart provided by TDK, this new media will obviously not work on the standard Blu-ray writer/player. However it seems that the new BDXL drives will be backwards-compatible, allowing users to play existing 50GB Blu-ray discs. So far Sharp is the only company that has announced a BDXL writer/player, however we expect that to change within the next few months.

Despite the promise of larger capacities with the new BDXL format, both Sharp and TDK have remained silent in regards to international release dates. There's no doubt that BDXL will land in the States--it's just a matter of when.

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    gglawits , July 21, 2010 6:14 PM
    A 100GB BDXL-R disk for $50?
    You gotta be kidding me.
    For $50, you can buy a 320GB 2.5" harddisk and have spare change left.

    Or, for the sake of comparison: In my small business, I'm now backing up onto LTO-5 tapes - 1.5TB for $100, each tape.
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    asiaprime , July 21, 2010 6:07 PM
    I foresee slow adoption rates, BR was slow enough as it is. Unless the price is right, which BR still isn't there, and the size of 1 tb hard drive is ~$100. Not for me.
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    gglawits , July 21, 2010 6:14 PM
    A 100GB BDXL-R disk for $50?
    You gotta be kidding me.
    For $50, you can buy a 320GB 2.5" harddisk and have spare change left.

    Or, for the sake of comparison: In my small business, I'm now backing up onto LTO-5 tapes - 1.5TB for $100, each tape.
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    sliem , July 21, 2010 6:32 PM
    Lol insane. I just bought 1.5TB HDD for $87.
    1.5TB HDD for $87 or 200GB for $100? You pick.

    Oh and there is a $100 2TB HDD now from WD.
    So 2TB or 200GB?
  • 2 Hide
    mayne92 , July 21, 2010 7:19 PM
    $50 bucks a disk and a whole new player to use its "size feature"?! Did I read that correctly?...no thanks
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    meat81 , July 21, 2010 7:42 PM
    I guess PS4 will have the compatability to read these. Looks like im SOL. Unless they start upping the resolution of movies beyond 1080p these will be addopted very slowly. Or if they want to make multi movie dics.
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    Yuka , July 21, 2010 7:45 PM
    Just get HDD bays with e-SATA/USB3 and a good place to store multiple HDDs for swapping them around... More space, better transfer rates and lower price. Hell, even the HDD bays are like 20 bucks, even the good stuff!

    On the 2000 was a good thing to have 4GB on a Disc because of overall prices on HDDs, but today this is just dumb. Stop R&D on discs and focus on something else... Like MLC/SLC chips.

    Cheers!
  • 0 Hide
    ksampanna , July 21, 2010 7:49 PM
    WHen do the burners/readers become mainstream?
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    shloader , July 21, 2010 8:16 PM
    I planned on getting a Blu-Ray drive in my HTPC. This doesn't sway me from doing so. I can't see these cracking the market anytime soon. Someday, maybe.
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    orionantares , July 21, 2010 8:58 PM
    BR recordable discs are pointless. Increasing the size a manufactured BR disc can hold is fine but releasing a recordable disc in this size at those prices is a waste of time and resources.
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2010 8:58 PM
    Playstation4 will highly likely use holographic discs 500GB or 1TB in size and maybe more.
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    MxM , July 21, 2010 9:21 PM
    The future is behind SSD, why would anyone care about BDXL, when it will take at least several years to become wide spread, by that time SSDs will become larger and cheaper. Plus with remote storage becoming cheaper and faster the physical media that you can carry with you become less and less important.
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    asjflask , July 21, 2010 9:33 PM
    PS4 won't be out for many years since the PS3 is still upgradeable. Sony has already made this comment.

    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2010/07/09/sony-ps4-wont-be-released-first/
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    Anonymous , July 21, 2010 9:33 PM
    Does anyone remember the old 100mb Zip drives? Looks very much alike...
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    X-Nemesis , July 21, 2010 11:31 PM
    Not even dual layer dvdr's are at a cost effective rate yet...they're still pretty much $1+ a disc whilst single layers are like what, 10cents a disk.

    Good luck seeing these or even regular bdlr's at an attractive consumer price point.
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    waffle911 , July 21, 2010 11:57 PM
    I wonder how much it actually costs to make one of these, and how much of the price is attributable to recouping R&D, and then how much is profit margin on top of that.
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    cj_online , July 22, 2010 12:07 AM
    sliemLol insane. I just bought 1.5TB HDD for $87.1.5TB HDD for $87 or 200GB for $100? You pick.Oh and there is a $100 2TB HDD now from WD.So 2TB or 200GB?

    What's more portable?
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    lauxenburg , July 22, 2010 12:47 AM
    gglawitsA 100GB BDXL-R disk for $50? You gotta be kidding me.For $50, you can buy a 320GB 2.5" harddisk and have spare change left.Or, for the sake of comparison: In my small business, I'm now backing up onto LTO-5 tapes - 1.5TB for $100, each tape.


    1.5TB in tape backup? I thought tapes were really expensive. So $100 for 1.5TB or did I misunderstand that?
  • 0 Hide
    Simple11 , July 22, 2010 1:00 AM
    Lol half these comments are ridiculous, these discs aren't meant to replace hdd. Anyhow, it's rather impressive give the new tech some time nooooobiessss!
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    Platypus , July 22, 2010 1:38 AM
    2x write speed when CD-Rs came out took like 2 hours for what... 700MB? At 2x and 4x write speeds, how long would it take to write 100GB of data onto this disc?
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    amnotanoobie , July 22, 2010 3:27 AM
    What's the price?

    Even dual-layer dvd's failed at this question. For the price of a single dual-layer dvd, I could buy 3 or more regular dvd discs.

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