New Red Laser High Capacity Multi Layer Disc Format

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UK based New Medium Enterprises has announced a new optical disc format, called Versatile MultiLayer Disc (VMD) which can store between 20 and 100Gb of data on up to 10 layers and read using conventional red laser technology. The big breakthrough, however, is the increase in yield, which has always dogged multi-layer disc production, the technology pioneered by New Medium Enterprises could bring the cost of manufacture of these high capacity discs down to within a few cents of conventional single layer DVDs, and significantly cheaper than the warring Blu Ray and HD-DVD systems. The format has been designed to be compatible with all existing high-definition systems, gaming and data storage. Players have already been developed and the first prototype disc production line is expected to be up and running early next year.

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