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Pioneer Shows-off 400GB Blu-ray

by December 02, 2008

Pioneer put on quite a show at the IT Month fair in Taipei, Taiwan yesterday. They call it the super multi-layer Blu-ray disc. So far it's a read-only optical disc but it reaches into a total capacity of 400 GB on 16 separate layers.

Okay that's 16 layers of Blu-ray with 25GB of capacity each. Math… makes…head…hurt… But Pioneer promises that it adds up to a whopping 400 GB Blu-ray disc.

We first heard about Pioneer’s super multi-layer technology last summer in a company announcement.

Pioneer 400 GB Blu-ray Disc.

Now Pioneer is demonstrating the technology at the IT trade show in Taiwan. Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan says the specifications for the pick-up head of the disc is the same as those of blank BD discs. This means the best thing about the technology is that (according to Digitimes and Pioneer) it’ll work on standard old Blu-ray disc players like the one you have at home.

Pioneer’s internal roadmap for super multi-layer technology has read-only ready for 2008-2010 and rewritable discs by 2012. A long range plan has 1TB discs in 2013.

As for commercial pressed discs using super multi-layer, it might not be such a hot item. As our own Editor-in-Chief pointed out when Pioneer first announced its breakthrough: One scratch and your whole collection is gone. There are issues with read-only commercial discs and simply adding more layers for greater capacity. It means more is at stake when one layer fails and the whole disc is wiped out.

Editor's Note: I'm holding out for solid state... - Clint DeBoer

It's probably more practical to see this as a breakthrough when rewritable discs become available. But still… It would be cool to have the director's cut of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy on one disc – even if you did want to consider the extended warranty.

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Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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Recent Forum Posts:

yettitheman posts on December 10, 2008 01:11
Heh, the article stated what exactly I was thinking:
“One scratch” and the disc is toast.
goodman posts on December 09, 2008 23:24
400GB? Too much information!
Wayde Robson posts on December 09, 2008 09:44
JackT, post: 493600
So, is it Clint's official editorial policy that no non-negative article concerning Blu-ray will pass muster unless at least token nay-saying is added?

Yes Clint, we know you are holding out for solid state. Thing is, I don't remember this solid-state evangalism popping up when the site was reviewing HD-DVD discs. (Has Audioholics reviewed a BD disc yet, btw?)

What's funny is… I went to SOTU and met the Audioholics guys for the first time back in October. Did you know… they actually argue among themselves about what's what in audio/video?

Gosh I feel a rant coming on. Time to go have a glass of water.
allargon posts on December 08, 2008 11:53
GlocksRock, post: 491805
I'm all for tis new disc… one firmware update on the PS3 and it should have no problems reading those discs… think about how many hrs. of porn you could fit on a single 400 gig blu ray disc

They routinely smush 3 hours w/ minimal extras onto a single layer 25G disc. 16x3=48. Therefore, you can get 48 hours or 2 days non-stop (except for silly stuff like plots, credits, scene changes, etc.) of erotic content onto a 400GB disc.
EJ1 posts on December 08, 2008 11:04
JackT, post: 493600
So, is it Clint's official editorial policy that no non-negative article concerning Blu-ray will pass muster unless at least token nay-saying is added?

Yes Clint, we know you are holding out for solid state. Thing is, I don't remember this solid-state evangalism popping up when the site was reviewing HD-DVD discs. (Has Audioholics reviewed a BD disc yet, btw?)
I believe they reviewed Stranger Than Fiction recently.
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