Nine electronics companies have unveiled basic specifications for a new type of large capacity DVD. The new technology, dubbed ‘Blu-Ray’, is 12 centimetres in diameter, the same size as compact discs (CDs) and digital versatile discs (DVDs). But the Blu-ray will use a blue laser to burn codes on to the disc instead of red — multiplying the maximum data capacity of a single density, one-sided disc by five, to 27 gigabytes.
It is a truly remarkable format, marking a new era, said corporate senior executive vice president of Japan’s Sony Corp Shizuo Takashino.
Aside from Sony, other technology giants involved in the venture include South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and France’s Thomson Multimedia. Licensing to other industry groups to develop products for the technology will begin in the next few months.