MANHASSET, N.Y. The Blu-ray Disc Founders have approved Version 1.0 of the BD-ROM physical-format specification as manufacturers look toward developing compliant products for the next-generation optical disk technology.
The Blu-ray Disc Founders, a group of 13 key consumer electronics, PC, and media companies supporting the spec, expect completion of the BD-ROM physical specification to help manufacturers complete development of BD-ROM players, drives and prerecorded software. The first products are slated to emerge in late 2005.
"Given the strong support from consumer electronics, PC and media manufacturers for BD, a wide variety of products is expected to eventually be available in every segment of the market." said Maureen Weber, general manager of the Optical Storage Solutions Business for HP (Hewlett-Packard), in a statement. HP one of the companies supporting the standard.
The quest to produce next-generation optical disk technology continues to pick up steam.
In July, advocates of HD-DVD , the rival standard under development, said they expected a final version of HD-DVD to emerge next February with compliant products to follow sometime in 2005.
The BD-ROM format specification can be obtained by contacting the Blu-ray Disc License Agent (firstname.lastname@example.org) and executing the required license agreement.