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Optical Video Disc Technology
Author(s): Adrianus Korpel
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Paper Abstract

In the past few months numerous articles have been published that describe optical video disc systems. (Refs.1-12). In reading through these articles it soon becomes evident that a principle of convergent technical evolution has been at work: the majority of systems under development are remarkably alike in their basic aspects. This convergent evolution is no accident, of course; the criteria for survival have been common to almost all systems. They are cost, simplicity and durability so as to gain acceptance in the consumer market. In less insipid terms: the evolutionary goal that has to be reached is to mass produce an optical read only memory with a capacity of 11 about 10 bits for under $500. The 1011 bits approximately represent the information content of a half-hour T.V. program and the $500 the average cost of a color T. V. set.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1974
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0053, Laser Recording and Information Handling Technology I, (1 March 1974); doi: 10.1117/12.954205
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Adrianus Korpel, Zenith Radio Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0053:
Laser Recording and Information Handling Technology I
Leo Beiser, Editor(s)

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