Panasonic Speeds Up Writing To Blu-ray Discs

Panasonic has introduced a write-once Blu-ray disc with a 4x writing speed, faster than any other high-definition disc, available in 25GB and 50GB (dual layer). The consumer electronics company plans to release the former this month and the larger disc in September. The discs have a maximum data transfer speed of 144Mb/s, which means 1GB of data can be written onto the disc in a minute. Panasonic, which is the brand name of Matsushita Electric Industrial, says the new discs have new technology that reduces the error rate to one-tenth of a conventional disc. Fewer errors mean higher reliability and better quality recording.

News source: InformationWeek

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yikes, umm is there anything tho that can feed the burner 144MB/s? Not even a SATA drive can stuff that much info down the pipes (that aren't fat enough to carry all that).

Am i still living in the dark ages or no? I know the PCI-Express format was created to get rid of the old PCI bandwidth bottleneck but seriously, that's a TON of data per second moving down the pipes.

You know, the article said megabytes but I'm pretty sure it's megabits and they made a mistake. I'm gonna have to go double check that.
edit: Yep, megabits per second. My apologies.

Slimy said,
You know, the article said megabytes but I'm pretty sure it's megabits and they made a mistake. I'm gonna have to go double check that.
edit: Yep, megabits per second. My apologies.

Well not for anything but still, 144Mbps is only like 12MB/s which isn't all that much anyways, i thought BluRay was pushing the limits of that which is why they drives are UDMA66 (ATA-4) instead of UDMA33 (ATA-2).

Anyways, i'm happy for any boost these things get because burning 50GB of Data would take forever on the slower drives.