Sony enables 23GB storage on new single-sided disc

Sony has introduced a new blue laser-based professional disc for data storage.

Sony's ProDATA drives

The company’s new ProDATA drives hold up to 23GB of storage capacity on a single-sided optical disc. The line-up includes three models for integration into nearly any environment-an internal SCSI, an external SCSI and an external USB 2.0 version.

In addition to the 23GB per disc optical storage capacity, they feature sustained 11Mb/s read and 9Mb/s write transfer speeds. Sony and other media makers offer both write-once and rewritable ProDATA media, with an archival life of up to 50 years.

ProDATA technology, which is optical-based, allows for high-speed random access of files, making it suitable for both near-line and archival storage applications. The ProDATA solution kits include disc formatting and back-up software package comprised of Software Architect’s Disk Drive TuneUp and DataSaver Personal Backup for Microsoft Windows systems and Apple Macintosh computers, as well as one piece of Sony Professional Disc for DATA rewritable media. The media is encased in a special resin cartridge to protect it from dust, fingerprints and other outside contaminants.

Sony's ProDATA is scheduled to ship this month.

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