High Definition DVDs Ready for Production

A consortium of manufacturers has announced its readiness to begin volume production of high definition recordable DVDs (HD DVDs). The first HD DVDR discs will go on sale next year, at around the same time as rivals in the Blu-Ray camp expect to launch their write-once discs.

High definition discs like HD DVD and Blu-Ray can store up to 50GB of data, thanks to the use of blue laser reading technology which allows data to be written more densely. "HD DVD's basic feature of sharing the same disc structure as DVD made a large contribution to this success, and offers more and compelling evidence of our design policy's validity," said Hisashi Yamada, chief fellow at Toshiba's Digital Media Network Company.

News source: vnunet.com

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