December 09, 2004

Dual Layer DVD

Toshiba Ltd. and Memory-Tech said this week that they plan to bring to market a hybrid DVD disc that can be used both for standard-definition and HD content.

The discs contain two layers, an upper DVD layer with a capacity of 4.7 GB and a lower HD-DVD layer with 15-GB capacity, executives from both companies said in a statement.

The announcement is designed to bridge the gap between current generation DVD technology and the next-generation tech contested by the Toshiba-led HD DVD consortium and the Blu-Ray camp, led by Sony. Last month, four studios backed the HD DVD format.

Mass production of the hybrid discs will begin in the fall of next year, according to reports.

Posted by Craig at December 9, 2004 12:09 AM