Sony claims Blu-ray is end of the road for optical media

By Justin Mann on September 3, 2008, 9:32 AM
Is Blu-ray the end for optical storage? According to Sony, yes. The company has stated in a recent interview that the technology behind Blu-ray (And HD-DVD , for that matter) represent the technical limitations of where using lasers on optical media can go, claiming that a shorter laser isn't going to happen. They claim that for future storage needs, a new technology will have to be developed – one that will change the structure and appearance of what we expect today.

They didn't claim that current space standards are at a peak, and further improvements in technology have already been hinted at providing optical storage sizes in the hundreds of gigabytes and beyond. Nor did they claim optical storage will be disappearing anytime soon. After all, CDs are still around.

Sony didn't speculate on what sort of new technologies will succeed optical formats. When the day comes portable 50TB media is in demand, however, Sony believes it won't be an optical disc that provides it.

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poundsmack said:
they are likely correct. but that time is so far off in the future its amazing. we are constantly developing new complession schemes for video, audio and various other information to the point where it will take at least a good 10 years or more to requite more than than Blu-ray especialy with the new higher density disks comming out in the near future.honestly by the time this technology is ready to be phased out we are likely looking to where 3D optic storage cubes will be the next thing to take the place there place. for more info see here [url][/u
9Nails said:
Considering scratches and dust, optical storage doesn't have a long future forecast. When future storage is so compact that a spec of dust can hide tens of megs of data, we would have needed to move to a new medium. Just thinking of possible solutions, nothing comes to mind. Even 3D holography requires that the optics don't contain bits so small that an entire file is wiped out by a pin prick.In the distant future, I can see wireless on-demand transfers as the "storage medium" that we use. Everything can be kept on a disk array at the home which you would have private access to through wireless carriers and broadband fiber networks. We will order Uber Definition (I made that up, it's better than high definition) movies from voice activated bluetooth devices in our cars on the way home and be able to watch them by them time we arrive.
ronaldarjune said:
We have to interface biological memories such as the brain cells of a person for our technologies. What happened to nano technology?
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