We know what you’re thinking… only being able to store 50GB of data on a Blu-ray disc is so lame. Well, fear not gulper of the gigabyte, because it looks like a new, higher capacity Blu disc is on the way. The new disc technology, dubbed BDXL, will have the ability to store up to 128GB of data for write-only discs and 100GB for re-writable discs. The Blu-ray Disc Association is touting the new discs “provide professional enterprises with a compact, stable and long term solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images using a proven and widely accepted optical technology.”
Intra-Hybrid discs are also an interesting development coming out of the Blu-ray camp:
The Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) incorporates a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer so as to enable the user to view, but not overwrite, critical published data while providing the flexibility to include relevant personal data on the same physical disc. This allows for consumer specific applications where combining published content with related user data on a convenient, single volume is desirable. Both the ROM and the RE layers on IH-BD discs provide 25GB of capacity.
Of course to leverage this new technology will require a new Blu-ray player and/or writer that has the ability to decode these new discs… but you knew that. Pricing and availability of the new equipment has yet to be determined. Hit up the link for the official press release.