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NEWS New Archival Disc partnership S ony Corporation and Panasonic Corporation have announced that they have formulated Archival Disc, a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, with the objective of expanding the market for long-term digital data storage*. Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust- resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content. Recognising that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs.  These efforts resulted in the formulation of Archival Disc, a new professional- use next-generation optical disc standard, for which the technology roadmap, logo, and specifications are outlined below.  *Basic agreement to jointly develop a standard for professional-use next generation optical discs originally announced on July 29, 2013 http://panasonic.net www.pro.sony.eu 10 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 88 APRIL 2014 Boosting support in America P habrix has announced the establishment of a new office based in southern California. The new company, PHABRIX Inc has been established to provide PHABRIX’s Americas customer base with technical product information, configuration advice, product demonstrations, RMA processing and product service. PHABRIX have recruited George Gonos and Donna Mastrianni to PHABRIX Inc as part of its expansion into global markets. As President of PHABRIX Inc, George brings a wealth of experience from over 30 years in the broadcast industry. George helped establish the PHABRIX product range in the Americas through his work with Leader Instruments providing unsurpassed customer service and support to distributors and end users. Donna Mastrianni also joins PHABRIX from Leader Instruments. In her position as sales and marketing co-ordinator for PHABRIX Inc she adds her considerable experience with PHABRIX product distribution in the Americas to the team. www.phabrix.com Launching ProGrid audio distribution system C lear-Com® have announced the launch of ProGrid, a fibre- based infrastructure system that will enable users to transport and distribute audio, intercom, video and control data. The introduction of the new products means that, in addition to its world class communications systems, Clear-Com can now provide end- to-end solutions for many types of installations that require signal distribution. ProGrid is based on the open AES3 and AES10 (MADI) standards, providing fibre-based transport, routing and format conversion as well as distribution of audio, intercom, video and control data with full management and diagnostic capabilities over the Optocore® and SANE platform. www.clearcomcom