IFA - TDK develops prototype 200G Blu-ray disc

Japan's TDK has developed a single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200G bytes.

In the battle of new optical storage formats, Blu-ray Disc has added another weapon -- even more storage.

Japan's TDK has developed a prototype single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200G bytes, surpassing the current 25G-byte capacity for single-layer Blu-ray discs and 50G bytes for dual-layer discs, the company announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

TDK had previously developed a prototype disc with a capacity of 100G-bytes. The latest prototype will store approximately 18 hours of high-definition video.

TDK didn't say when the discs would be available.

Several Hollywood film studios announced on Thursday the release of numerous titles on the Blu-ray Disc format, to be available ahead of the holiday shopping season in December.

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John Blau

IDG News Service

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