Title:
Optical disc and method of identifying recording layer
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An optical disc in which a physical address of each smallest recording unit and a recorded address increase or decrease on first and second recording layers, and a method of identifying the recording layers. Embodiments are provided for discs having first and second recording layers with a same or an opposite track spiral direction. Physical addresses of the smallest recording units and a recorded address are increased or decreased between an inner radius and an outer radius of a recording layer in a manner which enables a reproducing and/or a recording device to more rapidly reproduce and/or record data on the disc. A physical address of the smallest recording units on the first recording layer is made different from a physical address of the smallest recording units on the second recording layer.



Inventors:
Lee, Kyung-geun (Gyeonggi-do, KR)
Park, In-sik (Gyeonggi-do, KR)
Choi, Byoung-ho (Gyeonggi-do, KR)
Yoon, Du-soop (Gyeonggi-do, KR)
Application Number:
11/430970
Publication Date:
09/14/2006
Filing Date:
05/10/2006
Assignee:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
G9B/7.029, G9B/27.033
International Classes:
G11B7/00; G11B7/007; G11B7/24; G11B27/19; G11B27/24; G11B27/30
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Primary Examiner:
GIESY, ADAM
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
STEIN IP, LLC (WASHINGTON, DC, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A recording apparatus comprising a pickup to record data to first and second recording layers of an optical disc in which the first and second recording layers have a same track spiral direction, wherein, on the first recording layer, physical addresses of smallest recording units increase or decrease together with recording addresses of the smallest recording units recorded while recording on the disc, from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer, and the recording apparatus identifies the first recording layer as being the first recording layer due to a trend of the physical and recording addresses as compared to a trend of other physical and recording addresses which identify the second recording layer.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein, on the second recording layer, the other physical address increases or decreases together with the other recorded address from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer such that the apparatus identifies the second recording layer as being other than the first recording layer due to the trend of the other physical and recording addresses.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein, on the second recording layer, the other recorded address decreases as the other physical address increases and increases as the other physical address decreases, from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the physical address is recorded in a form of pits at a front portion of each smallest recording unit.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the physical address is recorded on a track in the form of a wobble.

6. A recording apparatus comprising a pickup to record data to first and second recording layers of an optical disc in which the first and second recording layers have a same track spiral direction, wherein the first recording layer has recording addresses of smallest recording units recorded while recording the disc decrease as physical addresses of the smallest recording units increase or increase as the physical addresses decrease, from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer so as to define a first trend, and the apparatus to identifies the first recording layer and distinguishes the first recording layer from the second recording layer using the detected trend so as to record the data according to the identification.

7. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein, on the second recording layer, other physical addresses increase or decrease together with other recording addresses from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer to define a second trend used by the apparatus to identify the second recording layer and distinguish the second recording layer from the first recording layer.

8. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the physical address is recorded in a form of pits at the front of each smallest recording unit.

9. The apparatus of claim 7, wherein the physical address is recorded on a track in a form of a wobble.

10. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein, on the second recording layer, other recording addresses decrease as other physical addresses increase or increase as the other physical addresses decrease, from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer to define a second trend used by the apparatus to identify the second recording layer and distinguish the second recording layer from the first recording layer.

11. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the physical address is recorded in a form of pits at the front of each smallest recording unit.

12. The apparatus of claim 10, wherein the physical address is recorded on a track in a form of a wobble.

13. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the physical address is recorded in a form of pits at a front portion of each smallest recording unit.

14. The apparatus of claim 6, wherein the physical address is recorded on a track in a form of a wobble.

15. A recording apparatus comprising a pickup to record data to first and second recording layers of an optical disc and which have opposite track spiral directions, wherein physical addresses of smallest recording units on the first and second recording layers increase or decrease together with recording addresses of the smallest recording units recorded during recording on the disc so as to define trends and which are used by the apparatus to identify the first recording layer and distinguish the first recording layer from the second recording layer during the data recording.

16. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the physical addresses increase or decrease together with recording addresses on the second recording layer to define the trends used by the apparatus to identify the first recording layer and distinguish the first recording layer from the second recording layer.

17. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein the recording addresses decrease as the physical addresses increase and increase as the physical addresses decrease on the second recording layer to define the trends used by the apparatus to identify the first recording layer and distinguish the first recording layer from the second recording layer..

18. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: on the first recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer to define a first one of the trends used by the apparatus to identify the first recording layer; and on the second recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an outer radius of the second recording layer to an inner radius of the second recording layer to define a second one of the trends used by the apparatus to identify the second recording layer.

19. The apparatus of claim 15, wherein: on the first recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an outer radius of the first recording layer to an inner radius of the first recording layer to define a first one of the trends used by the apparatus to identify the first recording layer; and on the second recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer to define a second one of the trends used by the apparatus to identify the second recording layer.

20. A recording apparatus comprising a pickup to record data to first and second recording layers of an optical disc and having have opposite track spiral directions, wherein, on the first recording layer, recording addresses of smallest recording units recorded while recording data on the disc decrease as physical addresses of the smallest recording units increase and increase as the physical addresses decreases such that the apparatus identifies the first recording layer as distinguished from the second recording layer during data recording.

21. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein, on the second recording layer, the physical address increases or decreases together with the recording address such that the apparatus identifies the second recording layer as distinguished from the first recording layer.

22. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein, on the second recording layer, the recording addresses decrease as the physical addresses increase and increase as the physical addresses decrease such that the apparatus identifies the second recording layer as distinguished from the first recording layer.

23. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein: on the first recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer such that the apparatus identifies the first recording layer as distinguished from the second recording layer, and on the second recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an outer radius of the second recording layer to an inner radius of the second recording layer such that the apparatus identifies the second recording layer as distinguished from the first recording layer.

24. The apparatus of claim 20, wherein: on the first recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an outer radius of the first recording layer to an inner radius of the first recording layer such that the apparatus identifies the first recording layer as distinguished from the second recording layer, and on the second recording layer, the physical addresses and the recording addresses increase or decrease from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer such that the apparatus identifies the second recording layer as distinguished from the first recording layer.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/204,357, filed on Aug. 16, 2005, which is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/099,946, filed on Mar. 19, 2002, currently pending, which claims the benefit of Korean Application No. 2001-18472 filed Apr. 7, 2001 in the Korean Patent Office, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to an optical disc and a method of identifying a recording layer, and more particularly, to a recordable and/or reproducible optical disc, in which a physical address of smallest recording units and an address of the smallest recording units recorded during recording of data on the disc increase or decrease on first and second recording layers, and a method of identifying the recording layers without recording information about each recording layer.

2. Description of the Related Art

In an optical disc drive, physical identification data (PID) refers to information recorded for identifying a physical location on a disc whose data is to be reproduced. In general, PID is physical sector address information recorded on a recordable and/or reproducible medium on which data is recordable and/or reproducible per sector. PID is used to record data at an arbitrary position on a disc and to locate the recording position. A read-only memory (ROM) disc records addresses by using predetermined bits in an ID region of a header area of a sector that is the smallest unit of data that is recordable on a disc.

Referring to FIG. 1A showing a conventional parallel spiral track disc having dual layers, first and second layer L0-1 and L1-1 have the same track spiral direction. Here, as shown in FIG. 1B, sector addresses on the first and second layers L0-1 and L1-1 increase from an inner radius Rin of a disc to an outer radius Rout of the disc, respectively. In a case of continuous reproduction, data recorded on the first layer L0-1 of the disc is reproduced from the inner radius of the first layer L0-1 to the outer radius of the first layer and then data recorded on the second layers L1-1 of the disc is reproduced from the inner radius of the second layer L1-1 to the outer radius of the second layer L1-1. Because a pickup of a reproduction apparatus must move back toward the inner radius Rin of the disc in order to reproduce data from the second layer L1-1 successively after the first layer L0-1, an additional access time due to time for this movement as well as a decrease in linear velocity as shown in FIG. 1C is required.

To compensate for this, as shown in FIG. 2A, first and second layers L0-1 and L1-1 have opposite spiral directions. Furthermore, sector addresses on the first layer L0-1 increase from the inner radius Rin of the disc to the outer radius Rout, while sector addresses on the second layer L1-1 successively increase from the outer radius Rout to the inner radius Rin, thereby reducing a time taken to access from the first layer L0-1 to the second layer L1-1. This is called an opposite spiral track path. In particular, U.S. Pat. No. 5,881,032 discloses an optical disc in which sector addresses are arranged for a plurality of recording layers.

In a conventional DVD dual layer disc, first and second layers L0 and L1 are identifiable using predetermined bits in an ID region of a header area at the beginning of a sector that is the smallest unit that can be recorded on the disc. However, if a recordable disc is to store information about sectors and layers in a wobble on a groove track, repeated recording may degrade characteristics of the wobble so that the information about sectors or layers is not detectable. For example, a DVD-RAM stores address information including layer information in a header area in the form of pits before recording data. However, the layer information is repeatedly recorded in a data identification data (DID) region during actual recording. This is because physical addresses are needed for recording data and more reliable addressing is achieved. However, repeatedly recording the layer information results in overhead according to high density recording.

Thus, it is highly desirable to have a dual layer disc as a recordable and/or reproducible optical disc and to effectively record information other than user data for high density recording.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

To solve the above problems, it is an object of the present invention to provide an optical disc having first and second recording layers on which a physical address of smallest recording units and an address of the smallest recording units recorded while recording on the disc are recorded, and a method of identifying a recording layer by using an increase or decrease in the physical address and the recorded address.

Additional objects and advantages of the invention will be set forth in part in the description which follows, and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention.

Accordingly, to achieve the above and other objects of the invention, the present invention provides an optical disc comprising first and second recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, the first and second recording layers having a same track spiral direction, wherein a physical address of smallest recording units increases or decreases together with an address of the smallest recording units recorded while recording on the disc, from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer.

On the second recording layer, the physical address increases or decreases together with the recorded address from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer.

The present invention also provides an optical disc comprising first and second recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, the first and second recording layers having a same track spiral direction, wherein an address of smallest recording units recorded while recording the disc decreases as a physical address of the smallest recording units increases and the recorded address increases as the physical address decreases, from an inner radius of the first recording layer to an outer radius of the first recording layer.

On the second recording layer, the physical address increases or decreases together with the recorded address from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer.

Alternatively, on the second recording layer, the recorded address decreases as the physical address increases and increases as the physical address decreases, from an inner radius of the second recording layer to an outer radius of the second recording layer.

The present invention provides an optical disc comprising first and second recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, the first and second recording layers having opposite track spiral directions, wherein a physical address of smallest recording units increases or decreases together with an address of the smallest recording units recorded during recording on the disc.

The present invention also provides an optical disc comprising first and second recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, the first and second recording layers having opposite track spiral directions, wherein, on the first recording layer, an address of smallest recording units recorded while recording data on the disc decreases as a physical address of the smallest recording units increases and increases as the physical address decreases.

On the second recording layer, the physical address increases or decreases together with the recorded address.

The present invention also provides a method of identifying a recording layer on an optical disc comprising first and second recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, the first and second recording layers having the same track spiral direction. The method comprises assigning first smallest recording units on the first recording layer a physical address which is different from a physical address of second smallest recording units on the second recording layer.

To achieve the above and other objects, an optical disc comprises at least two recording layers on which data are recordable and/or reproducible, wherein a physical address of smallest recording units and an address of the smallest recording units recorded during recording data on the disc increase or decrease on the at least two recording layers. Alternatively, the physical address and the recorded address increase or decrease in different ways for each of the at least two recording layers. The at least two recording layers may have the same track spiral direction or alternately may have opposite track spiral directions.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above objects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent by describing in detail embodiments thereof with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1A schematically shows spiral directions of a parallel spiral track optical disc;

FIG. 1B illustrates an example in which sector addresses are recorded in a conventional optical disc for reproduction;

FIG. 1C shows changes in the rotation speed of a disc and reproduction direction with respect to a radius of the disc where reproducing data from a conventional optical disc for reproduction;

FIG. 2A schematically shows spiral directions of an opposite spiral track optical disc;

FIG. 2B illustrates another example in which sector addresses are recorded in a conventional optical disc for reproduction;

FIG. 2C shows changes in the rotation speed of a disc and reproduction direction with respect to a radius of the disc where reproducing data from a conventional optical disc for reproduction;

FIGS. 3A-3D graphically show a first set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in a parallel spiral track optical disc according to a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 4A-4D graphically show a second set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in a parallel spiral track optical disc according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 5A-5D graphically show a third set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in a parallel spiral track optical disc according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 6A-6D graphically show a fourth set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in a parallel spiral track optical disc according to the first embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 7A-7D graphically show a set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in an opposite spiral track optical disc according to a second embodiment of the present invention; and

FIGS. 8A-8D graphically show a set of directions in which physical addresses and addresses recorded during recording increase or decrease in an opposite spiral track optical disc according to a third embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Reference will now be made in detail to the present embodiments of the present invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout.

An optical disc according to the present invention is a recordable and/or reproducible disc having first and second recording layers L0 and L1. The first and second recording layers L0 and L1 have physical addresses of smallest recording units and addresses of the smallest recording units recorded during recording (recorded addresses).

An optical disc according to a first embodiment of the present invention comprises a parallel spiral track optical disc in which first and second recording layers L0 and L1 have the same spiral direction. In the parallel spiral track optical disc, a physical address P1 and an address R1 recorded while recording to the disc (hereinafter called “recorded address R1”) increase or decrease from an inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to an outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0, while a physical address P2 and an address R2 recorded while recording to the disc (hereinafter called “recorded address R2”) continuously increase or decrease from an inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to an outer radius Rout of the second recording layer.

Referring to FIGS. 3A-3D, in a first arrangement of the first embodiment, the first and second recording layers L0 and L1, the physical addresses P1 and P2 increase or decrease together with the recorded addresses R1 and R2, respectively. That is, the physical address P1 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R1 in the first recording layer L0 and the physical address P2 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R2 in the second recording layer L1.

In a second arrangement of the first embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 4A-4D, the physical address P1 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R1 in the first recording layer L0 and the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 increases as the physical address P2 decreases, in the second recording layer L1. That is, as shown in an example of FIG. 4A, the physical address P1 increases together with the recorded address R1 from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout and the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 decreases from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

In a third arrangement of the first embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 5A-5D, the recorded address R1 decreases as the physical address P1 increases and the recorded address R1 increases as the physical address P1 decreases, in the first recording layer L0 and the physical address P2 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R2 in the second recording layer L2. That is, as shown in examples of FIGS. 5A and 5B, the physical address P1 increases and the recorded layer R1 decreases from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout, while the physical address P2 increases (FIG. 5A) or decreases (FIG. 5B) together with the recorded address R2 from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

In a fourth arrangement of the first embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 6A-6D, the recorded address R1 increases as the physical address P1 decreases or the recorded address R1 decreases as the physical address P1 increases, in the first recording layer L0, and the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases or the recorded address R2 increases as the physical address P2 decreases, in the second recording layer L1.

For example, as shown in FIG. 6A, the physical address P1 decreases and the recorded address R1 increases from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout and the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 decreases from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

In another example, as shown in FIG. 6B, the physical address P1 decreases and the recorded address R2 increases from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout and the physical address P2 decreases and the recorded address R2 increases from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer. In the examples described above, the physical addresses P1 and P2 are recordable by pits at a front portion of the smallest recording unit. Alternatively, the physical addresses P1 and P2 are recordable in a form of a wobble on the track.

Opposite spiral track optical discs according to second and third embodiments of the present invention, each comprising first and second recording layers L0 and L1 having opposite spiral directions, will now be described.

Referring now to FIGS. 7A-7D, an opposite spiral track optical disc according to the second embodiment of the present invention is a recordable and/or reproducible disc having first and second recording layers L0 and L1. In the second embodiment a physical address P1 and a recorded address R1 increase or decrease from an inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to an outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 and a physical address P2 and a recorded address R2 continuously increase or decrease from an outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to an inner radius Rin of the second recording layer.

Referring now to FIGS. 8A-8D, an opposite spiral track optical disc according to a third embodiment of the present invention is a recordable and/or reproducible disc having first and second recording layers L0 and L1. In the third embodiment, a physical address P1 and a recorded address R1 increase or decrease from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin while a physical address P2 and a recorded address R2 continuously increase or decrease from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

All arrangements applied to the parallel spiral track optical disc according to the first embodiment of the present invention are also applicable to the opposite spiral track optical discs according to the second and third embodiments of the invention. First, in the first opposite spiral track optical disc, the physical address P1 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R1 from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout, while the physical address P2 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R2 from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to the inner radius Rin. For example, as shown in FIG. 7A, the physical address P1 increases with the recorded address R1 from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout, while the physical address P2 increases together with the recorded address R2 from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to the inner radius Rin.

In the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the second embodiment of the present invention, the physical address P1 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R1 from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin and the physical address P2 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R2 from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout, corresponding to the increase or decrease of the physical address P1 and the recorded address R1, respectively. For example, as shown in FIG. 8A, the physical address P1 increases together with the recorded address R1 from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin and the physical address P2 increases together with the recorded address R2 from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

In the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the second embodiment, the physical address P1 increases or decreases together with the recorded address R1 from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout and the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 increases as the physical address P2 decreases, from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to the inner radius Rin. For example, as shown in FIG. 7B, the physical address P1 increases together with the recorded address R1 from the inner radius Rin to the outer radius Rout and the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 decreases from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1.

Similarly, in the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the third embodiment, the physical address P1 may increase or decrease together with the recorded address R1 from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin and the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases and the recorded address R2 increases as the physical address P2 decreases, from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout. An example thereof is shown in FIG. 8B.

Further, in the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the second embodiment, the recorded address R1 may decrease as the physical address P1 increases and increase as the physical address P1 decreases, from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout. On the other hand, the physical address P2 may increase or decrease together with the recorded address R2 from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to the inner radius Rin. An example thereof is shown in FIG. 7C.

Similarly, in the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the third embodiment, the recorded address R1 may decrease as the physical address P1 increases or increase as the physical address P1 decreases, from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin. On the other hand, the physical address P2 may increase or decrease together with the recorded address R2 from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout. An example thereof is shown in FIG. 8C.

In the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the second embodiment, as shown in FIG. 7D, the recorded address R1 may decrease as the physical address P1 increases and increase as the physical address P1 decreases, from the inner radius Rin of the first recording layer L0 to the outer radius Rout. At the same time, the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases and increases as the physical address P2 decreases, from the outer radius Rout of the second recording layer L1 to the inner radius Rin.

In the opposite spiral track optical disc according to the third embodiment, as shown in FIG. 8D, the recorded address R1 decreases as the physical address P1 increases and increases as the physical address P1 decreases, from the outer radius Rout of the first recording layer L0 to the inner radius Rin. At the same time, the recorded address R2 decreases as the physical address P2 increases and increases as the physical address P2 decreases, from the inner radius Rin of the second recording layer L1 to the outer radius Rout.

Where the parallel spiral track optical disc is compared with the opposite spiral track optical discs of the second and third embodiments, the opposite spiral track optical discs of the second and third embodiments differ from the parallel spiral track optical disc of the first embodiment in that the direction in which the physical address P1 or the recorded address R1 provided to the first recording layer L0 increases or decreases is opposite to that in which the corresponding physical address P2 or the recorded address R2 provided to the second recording layer L1 increases or decreases. The same is true of the arrangement of physical addresses and recorded addresses made depending on an increase or a decrease in the addresses in the opposite spiral track optical discs according to the second and third embodiments. Thus, all arrangements in the parallel spiral track optical disc according to the first embodiment of the present invention are applicable to the opposite spiral track optical discs according to the second and third embodiments, and thus detailed descriptions thereof will be omitted.

Furthermore, the arrangements of physical addresses and recorded addresses described above are applicable to an optical disc having two or more recording layers. That is, a physical address and a recorded address increase or decrease for each recording layer in the optical disc having two or more recording layers. Thus, an increase or decrease in a physical address and a recorded address for each recording layer are combinable in various ways. Here, the two or more recording layers may have the same track spiral direction or alternately have opposite track spiral directions.

All possible cases where physical addresses and recorded addresses in first and second recording layers are arrangeable according to an increase or decrease in the addresses and the direction in which such an increase or decrease is made are represented by ordered pairs. Here, the first and second recording layers are represented by 1 and 2, respectively, physical and recorded addresses are represented by P and R, respectively, and an increase and a decrease in those addresses are represented by i and d, respectively. For example, {(1Pi, 1Ri) (2Pi,2Ri)} refers to a case in which physical addresses P and recorded addresses R on the first and second recording layers 1 and 2 all increase, as shown below:

{(1Pi,1Ri) (2Pi,2Ri)} {(1Pi,1Ri) (2Pd,2Rd)}

{(1Pd,1Rd) (2Pi,2Ri)} {(1Pd,1Rd) (2Pd,2Rd)}

{(1Pi,1Ri) (2Pi,2Rd)} {(1Pi,1Ri) (2Pd,2Ri)}

{(1Pd,1Rd) (2Pi,2Rd)} {(1Pd,1Rd) (2Pd,2Ri)}

{(1Pi,1Rd) (2Pi,2Ri)} {(1Pi,1Rd) (2Pd,2Rd)}

{(1Pd,1Ri) (2Pi,2Ri)} {(1Pd,1Ri) (2Pd,2Rd)}

{(1Pd,1Ri) (2Pi,2Rd)} {(1Pd,1Ri) (2Pd,2Ri)}

{(1Pi,1Rd) (2Pi,2Rd)} {(1Pi,1Rd) (2Pd,2Ri)}

{(1Pi,1Rd) (2Pd,2Ri)} {(1Pd,1Ri) (2Pd,2Ri)}

The above arrangements may be applied to the recordable parallel spiral track disc according to the first embodiment and the opposite spiral track discs according to the second and third embodiments. The physical addresses P1 and P2 may be recorded in the form of pits at the front of each smallest recording unit or may be recorded in the form of a wobble on a track.

A method of identifying recording layers on a recordable and/or reproducible optical disc having first and second recording layers L0 and L1 according to the present invention will now be described. The method of identifying recording layers according to the present invention on an optical disc comprises making an increase or decrease in physical addresses P1 and P2 on the first and second recording layers L0 and L1 different. That is, the first and second recording layers L0 and L1 are identified by increasing the physical address P1 on the first recording layer L0 while decreasing the physical address P2 on the second recording layer L1, or by decreasing the physical address P1 on the first recording layer L0 while increasing the physical address P2 on the second recording layer L1. The present invention uses an increase or decrease in a physical address to identify a recording layer, thereby allowing for the effective use of a user data area since there is no need to separately record information about the recording layer.

An optical disc according to the present invention provides a dual layer disc having first and second recording layers L0 and L1 on which data are recordable and eraseable, and from which data are reproducible, in order to meet a strong demand for high density optical discs. Furthermore, the method of identifying recording layers on an optical disc according to the present invention allows recording layers to be identified by making increases or decreases in physical addresses in the recording layers different. This eliminates a need to repeatedly record information about the recording layers and thus increases the effective use of a user data area.

Although a few embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it would be appreciated by those skilled in the art that changes may be made in these embodiments without departing from the principles and spirit of the invention, the scope of which is defined in the claims and their equivalents.