Sony professional disc stores up to 23 GB of data

Friday December 5, 2003

Sony has delivered the first optical technology capable of storing up to 23 GB of data on a single-sided disc. Blue Laser-based Professional Disc for DATA optical storage drives, automated devices and media for OEMs and system integrators were demonstrated this week at the Radiological Society of North America's 2003 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Designed to deliver an advanced optical storage and archiving solution for professional applications such as document and medical imaging, e-mail archiving, multimedia projects, graphics design and audio/video editing, the new devices include a drive with a maximum native transfer rate of 11 MB/sec and an automated Autochanger that offers up to 1.6TB of native capacity in a compact 19-inch rack-mount design. The rack can be configured with one, two or four drives for the desired balance between storage capacity and speed.

"The new Professional Disc for DATA devices are positioned as a natural successor for users who have outgrown the 9.1 GB capacity per magneto-optical (MO) disc offered in the market today and are looking to use removable storage to address the intensifying data retention and storage requirements driven by growing government regulatory mandates," said Rick Thong, manager of OEM optical storage solutions marketing for Sony Electronics' Component Solutions Business Division in a recent press statement. "The new technology offers more than twice the capacity of the MO format in the same form-factor."

Sony plans to launch a second-generation drive and media to the market by 2005 that will feature up to 50 GB of capacity with a transfer rate of 22 MB/s, and the third generation is expected to feature100 GB of capacity with a transfer rate of 43 MB/sec.

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