Just when you thought that the days of the once ubiquitous Optical Disc technology were numbered, thanks to the arrival of high capacity SSD’s and the oh so durable flash drive, we have Panasonic and Sony coming together and working on a brand new format that would be able to store as much as 300 GB of data on a singe disc.
The two Japanese companies signed a basic agreement that says that these two would strive to jointly develop this “next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs”. The companies plan to manufacture a disc that would have a recording capacity of up to 300 GB and to make it available to the general public at least by 2015.
The last major leap in commercial optical disc technology came with the arrival of the Blu Ray discs which can store up to 50 GB of data in a dual layer format. Soon after that, the interest in optical storage media seem to have been on the wane. There have been a couple of attempts to make higher capacity optical discs – including a Blu Ray disc variant which could store 400 GB of data and another one which was capable of a gigantic 1 TB of space. These projects however never managed to reach the general public and remained restricted to research labs. Panasonic and Sony however seem to have different plans.
Do you fancy using a high capacity optical disc in the future? Or is it going to be SSD’s and flash all the way?