Pioneer's 500GB Blu-ray disc
400GB discs are so last month
Pioneer launched a 400GB Blu-ray disc just last month, but the firm’s already smashed its own capacity ceiling by unveiling a 500GB successor.
The latest disc tops the 400GB disc’s measly 16 layers by adding a further four layers, resulting in 20 layers each with a 25GB capacity.
Brendan Sheridan, Multimedia Division Product Manager at Pioneer, said that 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray discs might be enough for current demands, but that Pioneer envisages the need for “far greater capacities as HD streaming in particular becomes commonplace and users build larger files of digital content”.
It was thought that ‘crosstalk’ between the separate layers on the disc could cause problems, but Pioneer seems to have the issue licked. Because the firm’s in talks with the Blu-ray Disc Association to make the multi-layered method – which Sheridan said is compatible with Blu-ray devices – a standard for the format.
Sadly, the 500GB disc is currently only at the prototype stage.
Storage flamewar! 3, 2, 1 - fight!
Seriously, people... I know this is the internet, but some things just aren't worth fighting about.
Aaah nice to see you are still bitter about HD-DVD demise and making the same old pro HD-DVD comments. As AC pointed out the 51gb disc was in fact only at lab prototype stage and if you can be bothered to do enough background reading and digging about in the specialist technical press, it is very clear to see that R&D for product advancements stopped with HD-DVD quite some time before the Tosh pulled the plug. The claim to the press of it been production ready was rubbish. It wasn't.
In short mate, what you said is very incorrect regardless of the practicalities, or indeed every day feasibility, of this 500gb BR disc.
Burn baby burn
Assuming (poorly) that we can burn these disks at 8x (as the latest BD burners are), that would take over 200 minutes or about 3 1/3rd hours.
I cant be bothered
I cant be bothered to figure it out, or even see if i can find the figures to do that...
So can someone tell me how long it would take to burn 500GB to one of these prototype discs....?
cool, now what do i put on it?!
excellent, more storage..;)
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