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Sharp Reveals Triple-Layer Blu-Ray Discs, Writers

Friday Sharp revealed the world's first triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media capable of storing up to 100GB of data. Called the VR-100BR1, the write-once recordable disc conforms to the new BDXL format specification defined back in June.

"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," said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair when BDXL was finalized. "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."

In addition to the extra layer, the new BDXL disc also features a hard coating on its surface, protecting the stored data from scratches and dirt that may give way to read and write errors.

The new BDXL disc is expected to land in Japan as of July 30, 2010, however currently no worldwide release date has been set. There's also no indication of when--or if--the company plans to launch a quadruple layer version capable of storing up to 128GB of data.

Friday Sharp also revealed the world's first BDXL drive that will read and write to the new format. The device will be included in two new Aquos Blu-ray Disc recorders and apparently will support the future quadruple layer disc.

The new Sharp BD-HDW700 and BD-HDW70 Blu-ray Disc Recorders are expected to hit Japanese retail shelves on July 30 as well. Unfortunately, no price points were provided.

  • theguy82
    Isn't there another company (I forget which) that claims to store 300 or 400 GB of data? I heard about this like 2 years ago. So if ever this comes out, would make Sharp's tech a little behind...
  • smashley
    This just may be a conspiracy theory, but does anyone else think that this is not much of a leap in technology and that these companies 'reveal' this 'new technology' that's really been in existence for a while to force people to by new hardware ever couple years? Like four or five layers will be released this time next year? Kinda like Gillette just adding another blade to their razors ever now and then, like its impossible to do more than that until some sort of technological breakthrough is made.
  • jimkiler
    TDK or someone was showing 8 layers so 200GB BD before BluRay drives were released. I thought this BDXL is a commercial format not meant for consumers.
  • Computerrock1
    Strategic marketing can make anything seem like a jump in technology, how well you advertise determines how new it is :)
  • mauller07
    guess this is for the new 3d bluray movies
  • dilbert
    Too little, too late?

    How can a 100GB disc help me in "archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images" when I have several terabytes of it?
  • shloader
    Yeah this is odd. I would like to have seen a link, at least, pointing me to where and when Blu-Ray became 33.3GB per layer. Common understanding is 25GB per layer. I too remember TDK showing proof of concept with quad layer 100GB discs while stating 200GB per disc is hardly unreasonable. As of yet it's simply unnecessary.

    Dilbert... I second that. A few of us would like 256GB discs already.
  • 03flat4
    dilbertToo little, too late?How can a 100GB disc help me in "archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images" when I have several terabytes of it?
    because I think it's for movies mostly, not archival of terabyets..use tape or just get hard drive redundancy if you have that much data to backup.
  • ecmjr
    Hey, if it will lower the cost of current prices of 25/50GB BD, that's fine by me.
  • geofry
    Cool. Wake me when they can get 1TB on a disc.