Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have jointly developed a new standard for next-generation optical discs for professional use, the two companies said March 10.
Products that are compatible with the Archival Disc format and have a recording capacity of 300 gigabytes will be available from summer 2015.
Both companies plan to leverage their respective technologies to further expand the recording capacity per disc to 500 GB and 1 terabytes, they said.
The Archival Disc will help to expand the market for long-term digital data storage, the companies said.
Optical discs have dust-resistance and water-resistance properties to protect against the environment. They can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored.
In addition, the discs allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read as formats evolve.
Demand for archival capabilities has recently increased in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centers that handle big data. Advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar.
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