Here’s the full press release:
Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL‚Ñ¢ Format Specifications
Licensing Information and Applications Now Available
June 25, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA.¬† The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL‚Ñ¢, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc‚Ñ¢ format with up to 128GB of capacity.¬† With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware (http://www.blu-raydisc.info/).
Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL‚Ñ¢ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs.¬† Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.
“The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc‚Ñ¢ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity, said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc‚Ñ¢ Association Global Promotions Committee chair.¬† By using the existing Blu-ray technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images.¬† We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc‚Ñ¢ technologies.
The BDXL‚Ñ¢ specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL‚Ñ¢ media.¬† However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL‚Ñ¢ capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc‚Ñ¢ formats.