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blu-ray playerConsumer electronics manufacturers Panasonic, Sony, Philips and TDK Corporation are to be awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy for their contribution to the development of the blue laser optical system - Blu-ray.

Panasonic research

Panasonic have been fundamental in the development of the blue laser technology which enables the recording of full HD quality movies onto discs for consumers.  The Blu-ray format has become a favoured option with millions of people for watching feature films.  Over 1,400 million pre-recorded Blu-ray discs and 188 recordable/re-writable discs have been produced since the inception of the technology in 2006.

Sony PlayStation 3

Sales of Blu-ray players have also taken off with 50 million players and recorders sold.  The introduction of the Sony PlayStation 3 has also helped make the format popular with 41 million units purchased by consumers after the company began development of the technology in the late 1990s, creating the world's first 20GB HD recording on optical media.

Proud

Executive Engineer, Corporate R&D of Panasonic Corporation, Shunji O'hara said of the company's contribution “Panasonic is proud to have developed so many of the key technologies introduced in the Blu-ray Disc™ format. These are not only optical disc technologies, such as Dual Layer 50GB discs, but also leading-edge audio visual technologies such as video compression, authoring and 3D” he continued "It is a great pleasure to see consumers around the world enjoying an advanced AV lifestyle with Blu-ray Disc™ devices.”

A spokesman for Philips, Chris Buma, said “Consumers appreciate the high quality that Blu-ray Disc™ delivers, so they can finally enjoy the full potential of their HDTV” continuing “And now, as the Blu-ray 3D™ format begins to take off, that potential is even greater.”

Standard format

In 2000 Panasonic, Sony and Philips got together to form the Blu-ray Disc Founders and later the Blu-ray Disc Association in order to create a worldwide standard for HD distribution.

The award to all four companies will be made during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next January by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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