Hold your horses HD DVD fans. There’s a new gun in town. UK-based New Medium Enterprises (NME) has developed another new DVD format which can store up to 20GB of data. Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD), utilizes a red laser technology, unlike the blue laser currently in use for Blu-ray and HD DVD. The process uses multi-layer discs whereby 5GB can be written to each layer with the current discs in development manufactured with two layers per side. NME has also released specifications for discs yielding up to 48GB of storage. The company stated that they feel this multi-layer approach can yield storage of up to 200GB if coupled with blue lasers.
“The first products will be available in the world’s markets, including the U.S., very shortly,” added Jayanarayan. “With [our] HD media format quietly adopted by content providers and distributors in 12 regions of the world … HD VMD Media Format and products will become a universal media format and standard worldwide.”
First we have to worry about the old Beta/VHS feud (can anyone out there remember RCA Selectavision?) with Blue-ray and HDDVD. Now before we are even able to dust off our $1000 burners, there are more technologies waiting to lead us into obsolescence. Toshiba has three layer storage with 51GB and Ritek has both HD DVD as well as Blu-ray with ten layers maxing out around 250GB. No wonder most of us are just waiting until the smoke clears to see who wins the battle. Of course, if you wait, then you miss all the fun, don’t you.
Much thanks to Womble for the article.