Sony and Panasonic Unveil Archival Disc, a Next-Gen Optical Disc with up to 1TB Capacity
Sony and Panasonic have announced the creation of "a new professional-use next-generation optical disc standard," which they're calling "Archival Disc." Both companies plan to release 300GB versions Summer 2015, with 500GB and 1TB versions planned beyond that. For comparison, the standard Blu-ray format supports up to 50GB, though there are BDXL discs with capacities of 100GB and 128GB. Either way, we're looking at significantly greater storage capacity through this new format.
The Archival Discs are currently double-sided with three layers per side, and can only be written to once. According to the press release, "In recent times, demand for archival capabilities has increased significantly in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centers that handle big data, where advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar." It is unclear at this time whether the format will make its way to the consumer sector. Pricing is also unavailable at this time.
Source: Press Release