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Verbatim To Launch Triple Layer 100GB Blu-ray Disks In Spring 2011

Verbatim has confirmed that they are working on a 100GB triple-layer Blu-ray disk technology that should hit the market in Spring 2011, roughly 9 months from now.

In a press release, Verbatim says that the new media will be manufactured by the Mitsubishi Kagaku Media's Mizushima factory in Japan. Verbatim is the latest Japanese company to have announced bigger capacity Blu-ray disks.

Sharp, Sony and Sanyo are all working on technologies that could see Blu-ray technology cram up to 1TB worth of data on a single media.

It is worth noting that Verbatim's triple layer technology may consist of three 33.5GB layers, each of which packs 33 per cent more storage capacity than the current 25GB. Therefore, it is likely that Verbatim's 100GB technology may require new proprietary hardware to read and write the disks.

This also means that prices are likely to be high - Sharp says that a single BDXL blank disks will cost as much as $60m, the equivalent of 400 blank DVDs.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.