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Pioneer develops higher capacity Blu-ray discs, can hold 400GB

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Current Blu-ray discs are good choices for backing up large amounts of data (if you can afford them) but while the capacity of 50GB on a dual-layer disc sounds like a huge amount it can go pretty quickly depending on what type of data you’re trying to backup.

To help people who agree that 50GB is a bit small for their needs, Pioneer has announced a new 16-layer disc. The per layer capacity of the new discs is the same as the current discs (25GB per layer), but Pioneer has found a way to squeeze 16-layers into one disc, making the total capacity 400GB.

No pricing or release info yet…might be a ways off still at this point but look for more details to emerge at the International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Data Storage 2008 opening on July 13th.

For more info check out the press release here.

[Via Joystiq]

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