The Archival Disc is five times larger than the Blu-Ray disc and should store up to 1 TB of data in future
Sony and Panasonic have announced the “Archival Disc,” a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs that are dust and water resistance. The Archival Discs is expected to be more durable than any other disc currently available on the market reason being that they are built to withstand changes in heat and humidity.
The companies unveiled the logo and left an insight on what to expect from the Archival Disc in future. Currently, the disc has a long-term capacity of storing 300 GB of data. Future plans include expansion of the disc capacity to 500 GB and even 1 TB of data, all of these on a single disc.
“Crosstalk cancellation technology*1 and high-order Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) signal processing technology*2 have been employed to achieve both larger capacity and higher playback signal quality.” The companies jointly said in a press statement.
Archival Disc is built to solve the needs of individuals and companies operating on a professional level, where the need for a larger storage medium is simply essential. The companies believe they can market Archival Disc as an effective alternative to the use of hard drives and should also cut down the cost of long term storage of large amount of data. Archival disc will hit store-shelves sometime in 2015.
Updated 03/11/04 at 4:31am GMT+1: Added release date.