X-bit Labs spreads the word that Millenniata will launch ultra-durable Blu-ray M-discs in Q2 2013. The new discs will have a five times higher storage capacity than the original 4.7GB M-Disc, and will have the advantage that they will be writable and readable on any Blu-ray combo drive. The pricing is unknown.
The announcement marks a major step forward in permanent data storage solutions for businesses and consumers by making the M-Disc available in all the standard optical disc formats. The new Blu-ray M-Discs will be writable and readable on any Blu-ray combo drive – an enormous step for Millenniata, as the initial DVD M-Discs could only be recorded using special DVD drives. The Blu-ray M-Discs will also offer at least five times the amount of storage as the standard 4.7GB M-Disc.
The other major advance in the growing world-wide acceptance of the M-Disc DVD and the forthcoming Blu-ray M-Disc is the marketing and distribution partnership with Imation Corp., under which the latter distribute both the M-Disc and Blu-ray M-Disc under Imation’s TDK, Memorex and Imation brands.