It's official folks, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has finalized the release of the specifications for BDXL. What this means is that manufacturers can now grab licensing information and licensing applications needed to begin producing Blu-ray media with up to 128GB of capacity.
"The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity," said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. "By using the existing Blu-ray technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images. We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc technologies."
It might be awhile before these super high capacity discs see any kind of mainstream use. In this early stage, BDXL discs will be used in commercial segments like broadcasting, medical, and document imaging enterprises with heavy archiving needs, the BDA says.