Here's a mouthful. A team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials at the Tohoku University announced that they've discovered a way to increase the storage capacity of a standard DVD to 42GB. They can also multiply the storage of a CD by 9 as well. Is this a new format coming to do battle against Blu-ray?
Not so fast. The new technology can't be played on existing CD or DVD drives, due to the modifications made in the DVD/CD hardware. The new format was creating by changing the normally flat pits on a DVD surface into V-shaped canyons.
The second problem with this new technology is that it cannot be applied to Blu-ray discs. So, don't expect to see these new Super DVDs on the store shelves anytime soon.
Too bad this format couldn't have been developed sooner, before the war between HD DVD and Blu-ray. It would have been interesting to see if this would have influenced the outcome. —Leslie Shapiro
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