The Millenniata discs use a proprietary storage layer to record data and the company claims that the new Blu-ray disc will maintain its readability over periods significantly longer than conventional optical dye-based media.
Ritek has begun production of M-DISC DVD discs and is Millenniata's sole licensed maker for the Blu-ray M-DISC, Through cooperation with Millenniata, Ritek will market M-DISC DVD and Blu-ray discs under dual brands.
Millenniata's currently available DVDs are available in the U.S. in a 10 pack for $30 and a 20 pack for $58. Since a higher laser power is required to burn data on them, a special firmware is required for the DVD burners. Currently, only M-DISC compatible drives can write to the DVD version of M-DISC, but it can be read in any DVD drive. LG Electronics offers an affordable M-Ready optical drive. Additionally, Acer, Inc. is now offering the M-DISC compatible Hitachi LG Data Storage (HLDS) DVD and Blu-ray optical drives in Acer computers. The M-DISC Ready drives are also available on the recently launched M series of notebooks under Acer's Aspire range. Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. (HLDS) manufactures the M-DISC compatible drives in partnership with Millenniata.
Millenniata says that the upcoming Blu-ray product will not require a special firmware change.
Pricing for the Blu-ray Discs was not announced.