Japanese researchers develop a 42GB super DVD

A research team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of prestigious Tohoku University in Northern Japan announced [JP, PDF] it has found a way to multiply the amount of data that can be stored on a DVD or CD by a factor of 9.

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NO_PUDding5568d ago

But possible with current DVD/CD players?: no
Possible with Blu-Ray players?: no

It's like virtually making a new format.

pharmd5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

i do agree with what you are saying.... it is like investing money in outdated material

however, im just simply impressed with what they have done with this (albeit too late) but to see that the limitations we once percieved have been pushed much further is motivating, especially to see what we can do with what we have now!

znu5568d ago

so it's pretty much redundant

well atleast, if developing these DVD is at the same price as current ones (regular DVDS), then dvd's would be of the same price unlike blu ray which is more expensive (about $5-$10) but it might just die because nobody wants to invest in an outdated movie player

Then again, if these DVDs cost the same amount as blu ray to develop, then its pretty much useless

The Phantom Agree5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

As useless as

A new revolution in gaming... Dreamcast Reborn
Utilizing the same technology as last time, we plan to take out the competition head on using new CD technology

Interview with staff
Researcher: Well we took an existing technology, a cd, and made it better, it can now hold as much as 2 gb of data, unfortunatly development costs are high, but our new technology is perfect for Dreamcast Reborn

CEO: We plan to take on our competitors, first of all, we're going to take out the wii, by marketing with a kitten as a logo, then we will take out the xbox 360 by hitting it with some heavy shooters such as Failo 2d. We plan to take out the ps3 by marketing out new product as a Super Ultra Mega VCD player and give rpg's like Final Failure. With ideas like these, we can't fail.
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Don't know why I did that????
whatever, bubbles and agrees for everyone who posted above

wow i can't give any of you bubbles, already given you guys recently, lol, oh well, i can still agree with you guys

ianp6225568d ago

Even if the media costs the same, the equipment to make and read these DVD's would be much more expensive.

NegativeCreep4275568d ago

This is basically a Blu-Ray disc with slightly less storage and it doesn't have the Blu-Ray name on it. For the expansion on CD, I see some merit in its conception, but for DVD its basically a slightly less inferior version of Blu-Ray. Is Microsoft behind this or what?

permutated5568d ago

Stop talking sh!t about the Dreamcast and maybe so many people wouldn't take bubbles away from you.

The Phantom Agree5567d ago (Edited 5567d ago )

Okay, didn't mean to offend anyone, didn't really know why I did it myself

Have a bubble :)


"impressive for a dvd"-1st post


4 x 50.0=?????

dvd is on its way out as far as movies, but it is still used in pc as storage. im guessing this will be some sort of new sata3 drive, which is not bad if you look at the storage capabilities.

boodybandit5567d ago

**1.2 - @ no pudding
i do agree with what you are saying.... it is like investing money in outdated material**

It works for Nintendo ;)

godofthunder105567d ago

i think that it's out dated before it's even released.br is dropping in price to start with.the new cds will probaly be higher then br when it's released ,if ever it is released.

the new cd still hold less then br and it's still not in hd.the truth is that the new cds will probaly never see daylight because who would buy them.first they can't be played in regular dvd or cd players.no one would buy the new dvd players just to play the new dvds when they could probaly buy a br player and br movies cheaper when it's released.

i'm not a big br fan and i don't even care about it but any one could see that br has a big advantage over the new dvds in every way.people would be crazy to invest in a new dvd player just to play the new dvds when they could buy a new br player.

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Bladestar5568d ago

It was never a secret that more research can be done with the existing DVDs to increase it's capacity instead of making an entire new format... but it's a lot easier for certain companies to create a new format and force everyone to spend money buying new hardware and pay more money fo the actual movies...

heyheyhey5568d ago

so what are you saying?

Sony shouldn't of included a Blu-Ray drive because they were supposed to know that some Japanese dudes would come up with a new DVD?

are you also aware that Blu-Ray is the reason there isn't any piracy with PS3 games? and it's the reason there won't be for many years to come?

are you aware that BD's are harder to scratch? i don't know about you, but i used to accidentally scratch PS1/PS2/CD ALL the time cos im a clumsy git, BD's.... no prob

BD is the next-gen of technology, don't like it? don't buy a PS3 or BD-player, no-one is forcing you to- stop complaining so much

damn whiners..

kazuma5568d ago

the no-scratches stuff on blu-rays is probably the BEST thing about them

Gorgon5568d ago

"but it's a lot easier for certain companies to create a new format and force everyone to spend money buying new hardware and pay more money fo the actual movies..."

Too bad you didn't read the part about these discs not beying compatible with current CD/DVD players, which means you would HAVE TO BUY NEW HARDWARE. Next time read the whole thing before making dumb comments out of fanboyism.

OgTheClever5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

Sorry to be a party pooper but blu ray discs in their original state are a lot easier to scratch than CD's and DVD's.

The reason that blu rays bought by consumers are so resilient is that there is an advanced hard polymer coating on the surface; I don't know if this is also applicable to other formats.

To anyone that disagrees can they please present evidence that states otherwise.

The Lazy One5568d ago

Ur right. the people that disagreed with you are just idiots.

Lumbo5568d ago

The hardcoating is MANDATORY for BluRay, hence the value of your statement is in essence : zero, therefor people can disagree with you. BluRay disks in their ORIGINAL state come with the hardcoating. DVD's on the other hand come in their original state WITHOUT hardcoating.

Its the same pointless failed attempt at argumentation like telling people cars are subject to rusting without the finish, hence cars are bad. But the finish is PART of the system. Hence arguing that anything would be worse without it is pointless, as it is there.

OgTheClever5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

I'm actually a Blu Ray supporter.

I wasn't trying to say that the coating was bad thing, I was really ultimately questioning whether it is applicable to DVD's and other formats.

Maybe I should have added a bit more emphasis to my belief that Blu Ray is still the future in my original comment.

Kyur4ThePain5568d ago

This would require new hardware too, you idiot. It can't be used with existing DVD hardware.
You need to stop shooting your mouth off like that.

But I know...anything that even SEEMS remotely possible to be used against Sony in your little 2 celled brain sets off a chain of twitches that you just can't control. Kinda like a primitive form of life. Fitting, really.

Rageanitus5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

Please leave this site. Or put these sortuv childish comments in the open zone ======>

BTW no one is forcing anyone to buy the new tech... if that were teh case all the companies will be working together to get rid of DVD BLUNTLY

Plus hehe did you know digital distribution is a format in itself... I guess ms is forcing us to use it eh.

Rageanitus5568d ago

@OgTheClever LOL

The hard coating is mandatory on blu-ray discs, I never knew they shipped a final disc without a coating.

Its like saying a police cruiser is as a weak as a normal car.... But guess what they modify the cruiser to meet the standards.

The standard of a dvd is not the same as a blu-ray disc hence your point is pointless.

OgTheClever5568d ago

My comment wasn't perfectly written, I am only human by the way. :(

It was only quickly written and maybe it does make the coating sound like a bad thing.

I probably should have just explained why Blu Ray is so resilient and be done with that. I also never thought to mention that it's standard and I now realise that it's pretty much impossible to change the standards of current DVD's

The main point I was making was to question whether it is possible to use the polymers with other formats (that's why I said "original state" in my first sentence)

juuken5568d ago (Edited 5568d ago )

Are you serious?
And OG...are YOU serious?!

Statix5568d ago

OG raises a question that's fair. Wouldn't it be possible to apply the same hardcoat polymer to DVDs? Maybe it wouldn't be standard for all shipped DVDs, but some movie studios could get the ball rolling; like Warner Bros or Sony or Paramount could make it mandatory/standard that ALL their movie DVDs from this point forward come with this hard polymer protectant? Likewise, Microsoft could make it compulsory for all future XB360 game DVDs to use this hardcoat as well.

Not that I really care, because I have a PS3.

Testo5568d ago

Since DVD and blu-ray use different laser spectrums to read the data off of the disks. Perhaps standard DVD players can't get past the hard polymer to read the data.

I don't know really, just thinking out loud