Japanese tech giants join forces to create 300GB optical discs

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Panasonic and Sony Corporation, two of Japan’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturers, have teamed up to create a new generation of optical discs that can store at least 300 gigabytes (GB) of data.

The Japanese firms recently made a joint announcement stating that they plan to develop this device by 2015 as part of the expansion of their “archive business for long-term digital data storage.”

According to Panasonic and Sony Corporation’s press release, “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 centres that handle increasingly large volumes of data following the evolution in network services.”

The tech giants also noted that optical discs are very durable and can indefinitely store vast amounts of information. Comparatively, a standard DVD disc can only hold 4.7 gigabytes of data, while a single-layer Blu-ray disc can store up to 25 gigabytes.

These 300GB discs are designed for professionals such as architects, video editors, photographers and other professionals that need to store huge amounts of data. They are also geared towards industries such as digital cinema as well as cloud storage and gaming.

This is not the first time that Panasonic and Sony Corporation are collaborating on creating new technology. In 2012, they announced that they were creating OLED (organic light-emitting diode) modules and panels for television sets and devices with large screens.


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