Sanyo Blu-ray Laser Brings 12x Burning On 100GB Discs

The future is well, still somewhat in the future...

It has been a fairly unrewarding process advancing the cause of Blu-ray burners. It has taken an age for write speeds to increase and they still remain prohibitively expensive for many. So thank heavens for Sanyo…

The Japanese giant has announced today that it has come up with a way of boosting Blu-ray burn speeds to an altogether more potent 12x and over no less than four layers (meaning on potential 100GB discs written in under 10 minutes). Current drives tend to top out at 6x (though 8x models are appearing) and are limited to dual layer 50GB discs.

The snag in all this (there’s ”always” a snag) is the laser required emits a beam of 450 milliwatts, roughly twice that of existing solutions and means it will have to be ratified by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) which must then create a new standard before any hopes of a mass market roll-out. Given the complexities of this we may not see Sanyo’s breakthrough for between one and two years and even then it’s not going to be cheap.

Still, it must be argued that like DVD archiving, Blu-ray storage will likely become a niche market which has arguably already been overtaken by cheap external HDDs and ever larger memory keys. Sure it is nice to burn discs for playback on an HDTV but unless it is home shot HD footage chances are you’re doing something a bit naughty, while HD on demand is becoming an ever more viable solution with each passing quarter.

Do you think disc burning has already had its day, or is it still a viable (if scratch prone) long term solution? Let us know…

via PC Advisor

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