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July 30, 2013

Sony and Panasonic to develop 300GB optical discs

It will serve the rising demand for archive capabilities from video production comanies and cloud data centres.

By CBR Staff Writer

Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to develop a successor to Blu-ray discs designed to record about 300GB of data.

The companies said the capacity of the new optical discs would be more when compared to 50GB of normal dual-layer Blu-rays.

Earlier, Sony reported that the 4K ultra-high-definition movies were projected to consume over 100GB of space.

According to both firms, optical discs enable inter-generational compatibility between different formats, and assure continual data reading even as formats get better.

In September 2012, Sony launched a file-based optical disc archive system that incorporates twelve optical discs within a compact cartridge as a single, high-capacity storage solution.

Each disc within the cartridge has a capacity of 25GB, which would offer an overall range of storage capacities from 300GB to 1.5TB.

In July 2013, Panasonic released ‘LB-DM9 series’ of optical disc storage devices, which integrates a 20.8mm magazine and twelve 100GB optical discs together.

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Panasonic also implemented the new changer system along with the RAID technology to accelerate data transfer performance of about 216MB/s.

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