Sony and Panasonic Working Together to Improve Optical Disc Capacity to at Least 300GB

Paul Lilly

Long live the optical disc

Cloud computing has slow rolled its way into our everyday lives, and these days we rely on the cloud for more services than ever. The cloud changed the way we buy games (Steam, for example) and watch movies and TV shows (hello Netflix and Hulu), but is the death of the optical disc drive nigh? Not as far as Sony and Panasonic are concerned. Rather than write optical's obituary, the two firms are working together to create optical discs with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015.

In a joint press release , Sony and Panasonic lauded the "excellent properties" of optical discs to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance. Optical discs are also good at withstanding changes in temperature and humidity when stored, all of which are traits that make them viable options for long-term storage.

Both companies have been independently working to advance optical technology. Sony in September of last year commercialized a file-based optical disc archive system capable of holding a dozen discs within a compact cartridge as a single, high-capacity storage solution. Panasonic, meanwhile, launched its LB-DM9 series of optical disc storage devices that use a dedicated magazine of just 20.8mm thickness to house twelve 100GB optical discs.

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