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Pioneer ups Blu-ray discs to 16 layers, 400GB capacity

Pioneer's scientists have reportedly upped the Blue-ray ante with a 400GB optical disc.The capacity is stretched by manufacturing discs that are 16 layers deep, to be played with a player advanced enough optically to pick up the light scattered by all 16 layers.
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Written by Andrew Nusca on

Pioneer's scientists have reportedly upped the Blue-ray ante with a 400GB optical disc.

The capacity is stretched by manufacturing discs that are 16 layers deep, to be played with a player advanced enough optically to pick up the light scattered by all 16 layers. Conveniently, the player is also compatible with standard Blu-ray, but for now it's limited to playback only, designed to demonstrate the new disc advancements.

It goes without saying, then, that the future holds the ability to burn a 400GB Blu-ray disc. You know, if people even burn discs anymore in the age of flash media.

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