CES - TDK to show 8cm Blu-ray Discs at CES

TDK will unveil prototype 8-centimeter Blu-ray Disc media at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that begins on Sunday.

TDK will unveil prototype 8-centimeter Blu-ray Disc media at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that kicked off on Sunday.

Called Mini BD-R (Blu-ray Disc Recordable) and Mini BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Rewritable), the discs are designed to be used in future high-definition camcorders and can hold 16.5G bytes of data. By comparison, a conventional 12-centimeter single-layer Blu-ray Disc can accommodate up to 25G bytes of data.

Several companies have said they are considering developing camcorders based on Blu-ray Disc media.

Optical disc media is a popular storage format for some camcorder users because of the ease with which recorded movies can be played back in DVD players. However the industry has hit a stumbling block with the introduction of high-definition camcorders because conventional DVD media doesn't support high-definition, and smaller versions of Blu-ray Disc or the competing HD DVD format haven't yet been developed.

To get around this problem Sony and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic) last year developed a new format called AVCHD, which seeks to store an MPEG-4-encoded, high-definition video on a conventional DVD.

The technology gets around one problem by allowing storage of high-definition content on a conventional recordable DVD. However in most cases it doesn't solve the playback problem because the vast majority of DVD players on the market don't offer support for AVCHD.

CES runs until Thursday.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?