Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., today announced that Fujifilm-branded Blu-ray and HD DVD media will be available mid 2006. Prototypes of the new Fujifilm HD DVD and Blu-ray media will be on display at the Fujifilm booth at CES 2006.
The company also said it continues to conduct significant research and development in the area of holographic storage technologies that will bring future generation, multiple terabyte optical storage capacity to consumer, entertainment and commercial applications. A single terabyte of holographic disc storage is roughly the equivalent of 16 days of continuously running DVD movies, or 8,000 times more data than a human brain retains in a lifetime.
Fujifilm research and development teams in Japan and the United States are building on internal expertise and the following core capabilities for advancing all types of current and future optical media:
- Expertise with photosensitive material. The process of holography requires imprinting "images" of full pages of data into light sensitive material via laser technology, all of which will play a crucial part in the commercial development of future optical media. Fujifilm's photographic, audio and visual, data storage and optical media experience and knowledge is helping identify new coating technologies critical to storing large amounts of data.
- Dye coating advancements. Optical media is able to record information through a combination of dyes, coatings and binder components. Through chemical knowledge and manufacturing expertise, Fujifilm promises products with durability and performance, at a competitive cost.
- Thin-film coating precision/advanced polymers. Fujifilm said it has perfected the process of applying layers of material down to the nano-scale level. Engineers continue to advance these precise techniques through years of manufacturing all types of media including motion picture and 35mm film, enterprise grade data storage media and small, consumer storage advances such as the Zip disk and advances in current CD and DVD discs.