Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to create the new generation of optical storage, intended to replace the Blu-ray disk, called the Archival Disc. The newly developed optical disc is intended for mass backup and archiving, has the same dimensions as the Blu-ray disc, is write-once, double-sided, triple-layered, and can store up to a record breaking 1 TB (1000 GB) of storage.
Three capacities are planned for release: 300 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB. The first is due to launch summer 2015, with no comment on when the other models will be available. As demonstrates the product roadmap below:
Optical disks present some advantages over the traditional hard disk drive (HDD): They are more dust, heat, cold and water resistant.
More information can be found on Sony’s Press Release.