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Sony and Panasonic reveal Archival Disc format with up to 1TB of space

Sony and Panasonic reveal Archival Disc format with up to 1TB of space

Sony helped to launch the Blu-ray disc player and format in 2006, which quickly defeated the rival HD-DVD to become the true successor to DVD. Now Sony has announced the next generation disc format, at least from a storage standpoint, with today’s reveal of Archival Disc.

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Sony and its partner Panasonic first announced their plans to create a next-gen disc format in July 2013,  Today’s press release not only gives a formal name to the format for the first time but also offers up a roadmap for future disc support. Unlike DVD or Blu-ray, which are both designed primarily as formats for video and games, Archival Disc has been developed to create a long term storage system.

Sony States:

“Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content.”

The first Archival Disc products are scheduled to ship in the summer of 2015. They will have a storage capacity of up to 300GB at first but Sony and Panasonic plan to boost those numbers up to 500GB and eventually to 1TB of space.

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