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[Techspot] Sony and Panasonic unveil 300 GB Archival Discs for long-term storage

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Sony and Panasonic have today jointly announced a new type of optical disc, which they're dubbing the Archival Disc. As the name of the media would suggest, it's aimed at long-term data storage, both through large capacities and durability.
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Mmm interesting. This would actually do me good to store all my family pics and videos, especially since most of my stuff is shot at 1080P.

Wonder how much though?
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It's obvious this is their solution to 4k which is indeed a better solution than bluray. This might mean, we will get 4k uncompressed soon, but as of right now, there is no point in getting anything 4k.
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This is for Professional Archiving, it doesn't look like a consumer version is planned, see very end of this article.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2106260/sony-panasonic-develop-300gb-optical-discs-for-enterprise-storage.html
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It's obvious this is their solution to 4k which is indeed a better solution than bluray. This might mean, we will get 4k uncompressed soon, but as of right now, there is no point in getting anything 4k.

Very unlikely.
We have yet to see uncompressed 1080p, what will probably happen first is lossless compressed video, but uncompressed is far off.

Really, the only benefit to Uncompressed video over Lossless Compressed is that uncompressed video really requires no processing power. The problem with that, is that in order to benefit from such a thing you need to be able to transfer the raw data fast enough. This is where the problem starts, optical storage is generally much slower than any other device.

For Uncompressed 4K video, you would need a reliable 545MB/s data transfer speed, and that is just for 24FPS with no audio.
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Very unlikely.
We have yet to see uncompressed 1080p, what will probably happen first is lossless compressed video, but uncompressed is far off.

Really, the only benefit to Uncompressed video over Lossless Compressed is that uncompressed video really requires no processing power. The problem with that, is that in order to benefit from such a thing you need to be able to transfer the raw data fast enough. This is where the problem starts, optical storage is generally much slower than any other device.

For Uncompressed 4K video, you would need a reliable 545MB/s data transfer speed, and that is just for 24FPS with no audio.

Yeah, that would require 5TB of storage for a 2 and a half hour movie with, like you said, no audio.
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Professional use only? Well that sucks. But lets just think for a minute how long it would take to BURN 300GB-1TB disc's. Your burner would probably crap out and die somewhere in the middle of the process the first time you attempted it. Not to mention, I doubt any burners out there support such size limits.
 
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Wonder if anything else is up their sleeves. I could be wrong, but I imagine it'd be hard to be cost effective for them to compete against tape back up. Businesses that need this already have the equipment for tape back up and even robots to automate it... and tapes on tapes. And tape can do TBs already. Assuming no special casing is needed for these, they could cut down on physical storage area needed vs tape.
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Professional use only? Well that sucks.-snip/ftfy-
FTFY. Now it looks like you read the article! thumb.gif
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Seems like a great idea if it's compatible with the existing Blu-Ray spec. However good luck reading from those discs in the future, I have little faith in brand new storage tech that's meant to replace more common (and therefore supported) media.

Love the logo, though thumb.gif

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Well facebook.... looks like you might need to swap some hardware.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1463226/neowin-facebook-working-on-data-storage-system-using-blu-ray-discs-instead-of-hard-drives/0_50
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