Dual-layer DVD+RW standard expected by year-end

Standardization work has begun on 8.5GB DVD+RW DL discs.

The group behind the series of DVD+ formats has started standardization work on dual-layer rewritable discs with the aim of completing it before the end of this year, it said Friday.

Like other DVD dual-layer discs, the new discs under discussion by the DVD+RW Alliance will be capable of storing 8.5G bytes of data. That's enough space for about 4 hours of DVD-quality video, the group said.

Standardization of the format won't mean the immediate availability of products. It typically takes several months for companies to work in new technologies to their products so look for DVD+RW DL drives coming sometime in 2006.

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