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Published on March 12th, 2014 | by The GC Team

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Sony and Panasonic name “successor to Blu-ray”

The next-generation storage disc, the so-called “successor to Blu-ray”, has been named by Sony and Panasonic – who signed a joint agreement to work on next-generation storage media in 2013 – as the Archival Disc. 300GB versions will be launched in 2015 as double-sided discs with three layers of data on each side. A current dual-layer Blu-ray disc can store up to 50GB of data.

In a joint statement, Sony and Panasonic added that 500GB and 1TB versions will be rolled out over time.

The future of physical storage media has been questioned by some commentators, as digital and cloud storage solutions become more popular, but the two Japanese companies made a case for the continuing relevance and usefulness of physical discs: “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.” It is likely that physical storage will continue to appeal to many consumers and companies, since it offers tangible, reassuring security as opposed to the convenient and high-capacity but, to some, less visibly and controllably “real” solutions offered by the Cloud.

Fujifilm is reported to be developing a 1TB optical disc employing two-photon absorption technology. It is expected to be released in 2015.

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