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Hitachi Develops BD-100

Posted October 4, 2007 08:46 AM by Josh Dreuth

TDKHitachi has revealed that they have developed a four-layer Blu-ray disc capable of storing 100GB of data. While this has been successfully proven in the laboratories by other companies, Hitachi claims that current Blu-ray drives would only require a firmware upgrade to be compatible, rather than a specialized drive other companies are promoting.

They are still working on stabilizing the signal quality further before releasing the product to the public, but a consumer ready product may not be far off. The company is also working on an eight-layer disc using the same technique, but is having difficulty with the laser penetrating each layer. The reflective quality of each layer diffuses the laser, making it difficult to read top layers. They are currently working on a solution they hope will rectify that issue.


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News comments (47 comments)


steve69bez
  Oct 04, 2007
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Thats exactly what kind of news I like to hear bring on lord of the rings trilogy on one disc woo hoo!!

dgator783
  Oct 04, 2007
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awesome news to start the day......

w_tanoto
  Oct 04, 2007
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recent news are so delicious!!!

this is a good news. more importantly, only firmware upgrade required, unlike TL51 which until now uncertain.

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dobyblue
  Oct 04, 2007
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Sweetness!!

Xerious
  Oct 04, 2007
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yay... hd-duders will say "30GiB is enough!"... that's why smallville is on 4 blue and 5 red... now we can get our LoTR extended AND theatrical cuts on THE SAME DISC with LPCM, AVC, and 1080p extras... "30GiB is enough... enough for crap, and that's what you get!"

Sonny
  Oct 04, 2007
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take that TL51, go o'l hitachi 100gig " damn"

lokus
  Oct 04, 2007
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Excellent news. Hopefully they can roll this out by 2008!

tru blu
  Oct 04, 2007
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How about uncompressed VIDEO and Audio. That would be something. That would kick HD DVD in
the
privates!!
Bring it on I say. This is fantastic, all this development means Blu ain't going anywhere but up!!

May the Blu be with you...

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MOONPHASE
  Oct 04, 2007
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I am so getting this being able to record all of my season box sets into 1 disc maybe even 2 seasons on 1 disc

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MOONPHASE
  Oct 04, 2007
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hd-dvd fans love having extras but on their pathetic 30GB discs how can they fully enjoy having extras? and now we have 100GB recordable discs

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dobyblue
  Oct 04, 2007
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Hitachi rocks and tag this in with their camcorders and you can really see just how much is going on behind the scenes with Blu-ray even though not everyone is releasing standalone players, you know?

tru blu
  Oct 04, 2007
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You said it dobyblue !!

May the Blu be with you...
DealsR4theDevil
  Oct 04, 2007
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I was having a bad morning until i read this

tru blu
  Oct 04, 2007
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BAND-AID
You think you were having a bad morning. Imagine the people over at Toshiba and their 51GB
disc today - LOL!!

May the Blu be with you...

SS316SRV
  Oct 04, 2007
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Holy freakin god! 100gigs! That is redunkulous. 100gigs!

Mr. Joshua
  Oct 04, 2007
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I see Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars Septilogy on one blu-ray disc...

Xerious
  Oct 04, 2007
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i wouldn't want all films on one disc though... i like having muliple discs... but muliple discs of one movie kinda blows... like having muliple discs of one game...

tru blu
  Oct 04, 2007
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Yeah I agree, I want my movies seperate. I like them all lined up on my shelves. But a whole series
on 1 or 2 discs would be cool.

May the Blu be with you...

frank_t
  Oct 04, 2007
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if true that only a firmware update is needed, then MUWAHHAHAHAHHA! Or in the words of Peter Griffin, "Freakin' Sweet!"
FiReBiRd95
  Oct 04, 2007
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dang tosh just announced the tl51 and its already obsolete thanks to hitachi! good news, what i like to hear!

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ckenisell
  Oct 04, 2007
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This is great news for BD-R. However, can studios release on this type of product? Does the spec mandate that BD-50 is the maximum studios are allowed to use to release their products?

Is this just a computer data back-up issue?

Also, this technology is only as good as the studios use it. If they cram 6 movies on one disc (like wsciv123 said above), it's not right. That would be like putting three movies on a BD-50. No thanks.

Here's what I'd do: One movie on the BD-100. Constant maximum Bit-Rate (forget variable bit rate) AVC codec, with Uncompressed PCM, TrueHD & DTS-MA (and a DD+ track only for people who don't have HDMI). All Extras in HD.

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Jim L
  Oct 04, 2007
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It's funny that the HD DUD format is trying to stretch its capacity via the TL-51 disc. The TL-51 is rumored to not be compatible with earlier players and drives.

Now Hitachi comes out with this and if it is compatible with 1st gen BD players, it will make even their TL-51 look woefully inadequate.

Good going Blu-ray!

E-Dogg
  Oct 04, 2007
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This is extremely great news for us Blu-Supporters, but very very bad news for HD-DVD supporters. Oh well, there are winners and then there are losers. Glad I am on the winning side.

Luis_A51
  Oct 04, 2007
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great news
Not only are those TL-51 meaningless bitrate-wise, they are now officially meaningless size-wise and functionally since they dont seem to be as simple to use. BD-100 only needs firmware update.

Manco
  Oct 04, 2007
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Even if Studios cannot release on 100GB, this solidifies Blu-ray as the single format for the future for both entertainment and mass data backup.

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that1guystudios
  Oct 04, 2007
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I think they will probably not ever release these discs. Nice idea though. They still have problems with Menu encoding. Is it really time to start thinking about 100GB discs. Blu-Ray doesn't need any more problems. Let's get the original stuff working first guys!
mcy_999
  Oct 04, 2007
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Before TL-101 shows up, BD-200 is waiting in the wing and ready to be announced.

kaliraver
  Oct 04, 2007
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TL51 is obsolete already, damnnnnnnnnnn... I feel sorry for those hd-dud fans poor misinformed crowd.

blackpixels
  Oct 04, 2007
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Awsome! Best part no new equipment needed, just firmware upgrade! Nice Shot Hitachi way to bust out...

PeteS
  Oct 04, 2007
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Hey guys, here's a perspective that might be of value to you.

In our business we produce custom DVDs and HD video. It's common to see customers with 30 to 40 hours of home movies. That's about 20 DVDs. We need to get the product to the customer and also make archives. We desperately want blu-Ray to become ubiquitous and we desperately need media with more storage (we're taking BD-R here).

So these advancements by Hitachi and others in the Blu-Ray arena are going to be our life blood. And we use hundreds and thousands of units. (Not even considering HD-DVD, btw.)

marzetta7
  Oct 04, 2007
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This is a perfect compliment to the TV series being sold on Blu-ray. Sweet!

Elandyll
  Oct 04, 2007
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The Whole of DS-9 on one or two discs .. Gaaarhhh.. Come on Paramount ! You know you want it !
Same for Babylon 5 !!!

Malosch78
  Oct 04, 2007
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And they are working on an eight-layer disc too!!! This is very good news!!! I love the blu ... Star Wars I - VI on one BD200 ;-)
pixelsword
  Oct 04, 2007
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woot! MGS4 ON ONE DISC!

Dave
  Oct 04, 2007
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Awesome! Just go Blu!
Swede
  Oct 04, 2007
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Gotta love Blu-ray. 50gb was superior, 100gb freakin' rocks! Let's hope this will be used by Movie studios on certain big blockbusters and TV-series etc, that would be nice...

bkbluray
  Oct 04, 2007
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I thought 50 gb was pretty big... Take that HD-DVD!

blu-rayfan101
  Oct 04, 2007
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So now when selling blu-ray to people. Blu-ray has 100gb and hd dvd has 30gb. If thats all I knew I would pick blu-ray. Take that hd dvd fanboys you can't spin this now!

Excalibur-king
  Oct 04, 2007
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I wonder how is that going to affet future PS3 games, with MGS4 already using more then 25gb i can see alot of games using more then 50gb 2-3 years from now and it will only require a simple firmware update, oh man i love it, Blu-ray keeps getting better and better.

highdefw
  Oct 04, 2007
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lol, the funny thing is, a lot of hd-dud fans were celebrating because they heard a triple layer hd dvd
disc was coming out. They were hoping that it would crush blu's 50 gb. Wait till they here about 100
gb

bluraylover
  Oct 04, 2007
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Oh yes it was going to happen sg-1 on 3-4 discs with that in mind stargate atlantis could be a bonus feature lol and its now the property of sony pictures come on bring it onLOL
Scrapanatchi
  Oct 04, 2007
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will this also mean 75GiB discs?

SDG
  Oct 04, 2007
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The HD web sites made such a big deal about HD DVD out dooing BLU RAY in storage. I bet there will not be much news on the web about this. The few commits that i have seen has been that this is stupid, who would need this much storage and that movies wont need this much. I say let the studios decide. This has to be a very embarissing but kicking to hd dvd.

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mugupo
  Oct 04, 2007
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Will that mean 100gb in ps3 game? will be nice if they do that.

Whytewash
  Oct 05, 2007
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Not only is this great news for blu ray and its supporters but for those of you that collect TV shows on DVD, this is awesome! I am sick of having my favorite TV shows take up four or five rows on my rack! I cant wait until they are all put together, on one disc (maybe 2)! This is fantastic! Ahh! what a great morning!
ps3andlovinit
  Oct 06, 2007
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@PeteS

Thanks for that usage scenario as these are the kinds of areas that appealed to me personally with BD. Archiving our families life onto 100GB disks, making backups and storing them is a lot more feasible and reliable than magnetic or other electronic devices like HDD's with their ever changing interfaces that become obsolete/difficult to find over time. Keep disks at the house, stick other ones in the safety deposit box, etc etc...

As people's lives are more and more captured/consolidate around digital content - instead of the old shoe box with paper photos model - the digital assets *increase* in value because of the ease of access and sharing capabilities. Because of that consolidation they are also more vulnerable to being lost with a single failure of your HDD - your family's history gone in a moment.

CptGreedle
  Oct 06, 2007
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MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!! I know those HD-DVD advocates will be squirming over this one. They
made their 51 GB disc that is still in development and testing, and only 1 GB more than the Blu-ray.
Now we made the 100 GB! And it is much farther along from what it sounds like. We may see this
next year! SWEET!!!


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