Sharp and Sony announce new 1GB storage disk

Mar 23, 2000 at 04:00 GMT

Sharp and Sony have jointly developed a new MO (Magneto-Optical) storage disk which is just 50.8mm in diameter (2"), 0.5mm thick and has a storage capacity of 1GB using a red laser (655nm wave length) and 2GB or more using a blue laser (405nm wave length). Up to 4GB could be stored on larger disks. It'd be interesting to see Sony implement this small disk in a digital camera...

Medium Magneto-Optical Disk
Recording Laser pulse + Magnetic field modulation
Diameter of disk 50.8mm (2")
Disk thickness 0.5mm
Laser wavelength 655nm or 405nm
Cartridge size 58 x 54 x 4mm
Cartridge features Shutter & Write protection
File structure UDF standard

Sharp announcement (english): http://sharp-world.com/sc/gaiyou/news-e/000323.html
Sony announcement: http://www.world.sony.com/JP/News/Press/200003/00-0323/
Sharp announcement: http://www.sharp.co.jp/sc/gaiyou/news/000323.html