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Other Sony Blue Laser System - NOT Blue Ray

Discussion in 'DVD±R for advanced users' started by Oriphus, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. Oriphus

    Oriphus Senior member

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    [bold]Blue Ray isnt the only Blue Laser system in the field. Sony are coming up with their own. The main difference with the Sony system is the Data Transfer Rate. Blue Ray is 36Mbits/sec whereas Sony's is twice as fast at 9Mbytes/sec (72Mbits/sec)[/bold]

    Here's the details below of Sony's. Someone give a good opinion on both these systems. Please give details of other systems you are aware of. Moderators, you out there....

    [bold]Sony Blue Laser (Yet to be Named)[/bold]

    Sony has announced development of a blue-laser based optical disc system for data storage and says it should be available by year-end.

    The system, which has yet to be named, is technically similar to the Blu-ray Disc format that was developed by a consortium of nine companies led by Sony, although it is incompatible. The data storage technology was announced by Sony and is on display at the AIIM storage and content management conference in New York.

    [bold]This is a slight contradiction to Panasonics take on the Blue Ray system, but here we go anyway: Written by Sony Spokesperson[/bold]

    "It's for professional use and Blu-ray is for consumer use so there is no compatibility," said Aki Shimazu, a spokeswoman for Sony in Tokyo. She said that because the new system was not compatible with Blu-ray, Sony would not have to consult with other members of the consortium and it would have sole control over the system.

    [bold]Here's the rest of it:[/bold]

    The main difference between the two formats comes in the data transfer rate. Blu-ray, which is aimed at consumer recording of high-definition television, can record data onto the discs at a rate of up to 36M bit/sec to match the data rate of digital television. However, Sony's new data storage system can record data at 9M bytes per second or double the rate of Blu-ray, said Sony in a statement.

    The first version of the format will be based around a single-sided, single-layer optical disc and will have a capacity of 23.3G bytes and rewritable and write-once versions will be available, said Sony. The disc is 12 centimeters, just like CDs or DVDs, and is encased in a cartridge to protect the media.

    Blue laser systems are able to store more data than DVDs because of the shorter wavelength of blue light. This means the laser, which is used to record data on the disc, makes a smaller spot on the recording layer and in turn that means that the space needed for each bit of data is smaller. Thus more data can be crammed onto the disc.

    The company's roadmap extends to a 50G byte capacity version by 2005 and a 100G byte capacity version at an unspecified point in the future and data transfer rates are expected to rise too. With the second generation disc they are predicted to double to 18M bytes per second and then double again, to 36M bytes per second, when the third generation version is launched.

    To support the fast data transfer, initial drives will have an Ultra-wide 160 SCSI interface, said Sony. Samples of the drive and media will be available from the middle of this year for around $3,000 each for the drive and $45 for the media.

    The Tokyo company is aiming the new system squarely at the professional market, at least initially, and users of magneto optical disc systems and in this respect they are not alone.

    Plasmon said Monday it will offer drives for its new blue-laser based Ultra Density Optical (UDO) format that include legacy support for magneto optical devices. Targeted at the same market as Sony's new system, UDO is also similar to Blu-ray and based around cartridges that are dimensionally identical to current magneto optical cartridges.

    First generation UDO will support discs with a capacity of 30G bytes and a transfer rate of 8M bit/sec. Like Sony, Plasmon is also trying to sell the system based on future promises of higher capacity discs. Its roadmap extends to 60G byte and 120G byte discs.

    [bold]Lets get some opinions on it.[/bold]_X_X_X_X_X_[small]He who Asks for Nothing, Shall Never be Dissapointed![/small]
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2003

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