New Medium Enterprises has been invited to the MEDIA-TECH showcase & conference 2007 to speak about its Versatile Multilayer Disc (HD VMD) solution on March 6th to 7th, which is another competitor to Blu-ray and HD DVD. Unlike Blu-ray and HD DVD technology, HD VMD uses existing red-laser technology to offer the pricing advantage of current red-laser drives and multipe layers to provide a capacity of between 20GB and 48GB (per side) to cater for High Definition content. The company will cover the benefits of HD VMD to consumers, manufacturers, disc replicators and content providers and will show a live demonstration of a 20GB HD VMD being played back.
HD VMD works by holding up to 8 layers per side, each layer with a capacity of between 4.7GB and 6GB. The disc is the same physical shape, size and thickness as a DVD. For HD VMD Video, the disc features up to 40Mbps data transfer, MPEG-1, 2, H.264, DivX, VC-1 (WMV9) and EVD video codec support, Dolby Digital (Plus) and EVD audio support and the players expect to retail for between $100 and $250. The company expects to improve capacity to 100GB or higher with the use of blue laser technology later on, particularly once blue laser component pricing becomes more reasonable.
Further info can be read in this PRNewswire press release.