Los Angeles -
will be honored with the 62nd annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Award during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for contributions to the blue laser optical systems for consumer playback.
The award was announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on Oct. 25, 2010.
The development of the blue laser optical systems was fundamental for the distribution and recording of full HD content on optical discs at consumer price levels.
Today, the Bluâ€�ray Disc format is used by millions of consumers worldwide to watch feature films at home. Since its introduction in 2006, over 1,400 million Blu-ray preâ€�recorded discs, 188 million Bluâ€�ray recordable/rewritable discs, 50 million Bluâ€�ray players & recorders, 41 million PlayStation 3 units and over 25 million Bluâ€�ray PC readers and writers have been produced.
"Sony began development of blue laser optical technology in the late 1990s, realized the world's first high definition recording on 20GB optical media by using blueâ€�violet laser, and has contributed greatly to the continuous development of the Bluâ€�ray Disc format and the business by releasing a wide variety of Bluâ€�ray Disc devices," stated Jun Yonemitsu, Sony home entertainment development division deputy senior general manager. "We would like to thank the Bluâ€�ray Disc Association (BDA) and everyone who worked together to make the format a success."
Chris Buma, Philips Electronics senior director of program management and standardization, said, "Consumers appreciate the high quality that Bluâ€�ray Disc delivers, so they can finally enjoy the full potential of their HDTV. And now, as the Bluâ€�ray 3D format begins to take off, that potential is even greater."
Shunji O'hara, Panasonic Corporate R&D executive engineer, commented, "Panasonic is proud to have developed so many of the key technologies introduced in the Bluâ€�ray Disc format. These are not only optical disc technologies, such as Dual Layer 50GB discs, but also leadingâ€�edge audio visual technologies such as video compression, authoring and 3D. It is a great pleasure to see consumers around the world enjoying an advanced AV lifestyle with Bluâ€�ray Disc devices."
Panasonic, Philips and Sony started work on a blue laser optical system in 1997. In 2000, the companies joined forces and initiated the Bluâ€�ray Disc Founders in 2002, followed in 2004 by the Bluâ€�ray Disc Association (BDA), in which all industry key stakeholders participated to successfully launch a worldwide standard for high definition content distribution.
High storage capacity, new replication technology, advanced audio and video codecs, web connectivity and interactivity and new authoring systems were key innovations for Bluâ€�ray Disc. In addition to this, a recording system using recordable discs is another important technology of the Bluâ€�ray Disc format. It allows consumers to record HD broadcasting programs in their home. It also provides high capacity storage for PC and professional usage. Since the early age of Bluâ€�ray standardization, Panasonic, Philips, Sony and TDK as optical media manufacturers have been working on the development of recordable Bluâ€�ray discs.
"The Bluâ€�ray recordable disc solution addresses the need for HDTV recording, storage for large data," said Hajime Utsunomiya, TDK SQ Research Center general manager. "With the Blu-ray recordable disc, users leverage the benefits of capacity, speed, instant access and removability."
The four companies will accept the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the award ceremony on Jan. 6, 2011 during the CES in Las Vegas - Nevada.