updated 02:20 pm EDT, Fri June 25, 2010
Blu-ray Disc Association approves BDXL format
The Blu-ray Disc Association on Friday finalized its proposed BDXL format for Blu-ray discs. The advance will allow up to 128GB of storage space on write-once and rewritable discs. BDXL will be aimed mostly at video producers and others who need to write a large amount of data to a removable backup, with triple-layer 100GB rewritable (RE) and write-once (R) discs as well as quadruple-layer 128GB R discs.
New disc readers need to be designed to read BDXL discs, though these will be backwards compatible with today's 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray disc formats.
Manufacturers can now obtain license info and applications for the new standard. The Association hasn't given out an estimated time for when the first BDXL hardware will ship.