Verbatim, a developer of optical media storage devices such as DVDs, said Tuesday that it and parent company Misubishi Kagaku Media would support development of the two emerging standards for high-definition DVDs.

The two are known Blu-ray and HD-DVD Media. Each is recordable and rewrittable and are expected to hit markets later this year.

Verbatim’s Blu-ray DVD will have up to 50 gigabytes of storage.
The HD-DVD will have up to 15 GB of storage in initial release and more when a double-layer standard is agreed upon, Verbatim said.

Verbatim said the new formats will enable recording of high-definition images and will be applicable for data storage.

The Charlotte-based firm already markets am ultra density optical disc that can store up to 30GB.

Verbatim: www.verbatim.com