Sony, Panasonic unveil Archival Disc for long-term digital storage

The technology will launch next year with 300GB of possible storage, but that will be upped to 1TB on a single disc, according to the companies.

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Sony and Panasonic have teamed up to provide a new option for those looking to leverage long-term digital storage.

Starting next year, the companies will offer the Archival Disc, a high-capacity disc capable of storing 300GB of data. Over time, Sony and Panasonic plan to improve the offering, upping its storage to 500GB and then 1TB.

According to the companies, the Archival Disc will be a write-once, dual-sided-recording media. The companies, which worked together to get Blu-ray off the ground, say that the effort is a response to growing data-recovery needs and the relative reliability of disc media.

The companies didn't say exactly when the technology will launch in 2015, but said to expect Archival Disc to launch in the summer.

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