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Sony, Panasonic to Design 300 GB Disc

29 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Sony and Panasonic July 29 announced they will develop a new optical disc with a recording capacity of at least 300 GB by the end of 2015.

Both companies previously developed products based on the Blu-ray Disc format, and the companies announced the new 300 GB discs would be geared toward the archive storage market.

Sony previously commercialized a file-based optical disc archive system in September 2012. In July, Panasonic launched its LB-DM9 series of optical disc storage devices, which uses a dedicated magazine of 20.8mm thickness to house a dozen 100 GB optical discs.

“In recent years, there has been an increasing need for archive capabilities, not only from video production industries, such as motion pictures and broadcasting, but also from cloud data centers that handle increasingly large volumes of data following the evolution in network services,” the companies said in a press release.

“Both Sony and Panasonic have a proven track record in developing Blu-ray Disc format technologies, and by actively promoting the adoption of a new standard for next-generation high-capacity optical discs, they intend to offer solutions that preserve valuable data for future generations.”

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