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The duo wants a 300 GB capacity disk by 2015

Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have signed a basic agreement that will see them jointly develop a new standard for professional-use optical discs. The objective of the two companies is to expand their business for long-term digital data storage by developing an optical disc with a capacity of at least 300 GB.
The two companies are directly targeting businesses that need archival storage including motion picture, broadcasting, and cloud service industries.

Optical discs are likely to remain a preferred long-term storage option because the discs are dust- and water-resistant. Another significant benefit of using optical discs is that they allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats -- that means older optical formats can be read on current generation optical drives.
Sony and Panasonic hope to make the 300GB optical disc available by 2015. 

Source: Sony

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RE: How cute
By retrospooty on 7/29/2013 12:00:53 PM , Rating: 4
"You might want to read the story more carefully, good luck finding flash that will remain non-volatile for 100+ years."

Other than niche markets that need data kept safe for that long, its totally useless... Does anyone have software from 10 years ago on the same medium they had 10 years ago? I think I have a few pics from back then, but they have gone through countless hard drive upgrades since then... And today we have cloud/streaming and flash. I just dont see any disk based media becoming big. Blue Ray was the last major hurrah, and even it will never be as big as DVD was.

RE: How cute
By BRB29 on 7/29/2013 12:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have vinyls of most famous artists of decades past. There is nothing replacing it. The vinyl player itself is a classic piece of hardware that decorates your home pretty well. So yes, I have vinyls that are older than me and you.

RE: How cute
By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/2013 12:16:27 PM , Rating: 2

Vinyl is analog!

RE: How cute
By retrospooty on 7/29/2013 12:53:41 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... OK, but I wouldn't really classify old vinyl records as "software" and I certainly wouldn't call your use anything other than "niche" at this point.

RE: How cute
By Fritzr on 7/31/2013 12:36:29 AM , Rating: 2
Digital software stored on a vinyl LP is most definitely digital storage.

It is not the storage medium, it IS the way the data is written and read. Analog sound recording equipment has been used for digital storage for as long as there has been digital storage.

Examples from the 1980s

The C2N datasette from Commodore. It was an analog cassette recorder with a digital interface to the Commodore computer tied to the microphone input. This direct connection to the I/O pin on the CPU avoided the problem of sound levels encountered by the computers that used the standard microphone jack for output to the recorder and the earphone jack for input to the recorder.

The Sinclair computers (ZX-8x TS-1x00 among them) used an off the shelf analog recorder (cassette or reel-to-reel were most commonly used) and the digital signal was recorded as analog audio of hi & lo frequency sound.

These and other computers that were able to use analog cassette tapes could also receive broadcast recordings and correctly load them. You just connected the data input to the radio speaker or recorded the broadcast on tape (cassette or reel). Several broadcasters around the world offered these as ordinary consumer broadcasts for popular computer models. This method of data transmission is still used in the SW community.

RE: How cute
By SlyNine on 7/29/2013 1:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
Dreamcast collection.

Age of Empires 2. (I own it not valve, but I also barrow valves copy too)

Sega Saturn collection.

I'm sure there is 10 year old software in plenty of people's homes that exists on the same medium. 25 year old software on the other hand. I do have Atari games somewhere I suppose, that's if they still work.

RE: How cute
By retrospooty on 7/29/2013 1:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
My point is that keeping stuff like that, even for over 10 years is rare. 100 is just pointless, outside of extreme niche scenarios.

RE: How cute
By Flunk on 7/29/2013 1:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
The two companies are directly targeting businesses that need archival storage including motion picture, broadcasting, and cloud service industries

Read the post before commenting please. The fact that these are for a specific niche use is right in there.

RE: How cute
By retrospooty on 7/30/2013 10:54:07 AM , Rating: 2
I read it and I commented on it. Other than those niche markets its totally useless with streaming and flash taking over.

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