In March 1979, a prototype of a ‘Compact Disc (CD) digital audio system’ was publicly presented and demonstrated to an audience of about 300 journalists at Philips in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This milestone effectively marked the beginning of the digital entertainment era. In the years to follow, the CD-audio system became an astonishing worldwide success, and was followed by successful derivatives such as CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, and recently Blu-ray Disc. Today, around the thirtieth anniversary of the milestone, it is taken for granted that media content is stored and distributed digitally, and the analog era seems long gone. This book retraces the origins of the CD system and the subsequent evolution of digital optical storage, with a focus on the contributions of Philips to this field. The book contains perspectives on the history and evolution of optical storage, along with reproductions of key technical contributions of Philips to the field.
Table of Contents1 General introduction 2 The Philips prototype of the CD system 2.1 Introduction to publications on the Philips prototype of the CD digital audio system 2.2 The public presentation of the Philips prototype of the CD system on March 8, 1979 2.3 The Philips 'VLP' system 2.4 The error control system of Philips CD 2.5 A Monolithic 14-bit D/A converter 3 The CD system as standardized by Philips and Sony 3.1 Introduction to publication of the CD digital audio system 3.2 The CD Digital Audio system 3.3 CD: system aspects and modulation 3.4 Error correction and concealment in the CD system 3.5 Digital-to-analog conversion in playing a CD 3.6 CD Mastering - An Industrial Process 3.7 Communications aspects of the CD digital audio system 4 CD standards and formats 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Read-Only CDs 4.3 Recordable and Rewritable CDs 4.4 Miscellaneous CD Versions and Formats 5 Digital Versatile Discs 5.1 From Compact to Digital Versatile Discs 5.2 Read-Only DVDs 5.3 Recordable and Rewritable DVDs 5.4 Miscellaneous DVDs and DVD-like Optical Media 6 Blu-Ray Disc 6.1 Introduction to the Blu-ray Disc System 6.2 High numerical aperture optical recording: active tilt correction or thin cover layer? 6.3 Optical Disc System for Digital Video Recording 6.4 Groove-only recording under DVR conditions 6.5 Wobble-address format of the Blu-ray Disc 6.6 Liquid Immersion Deep-UV Optical Disc Mastering for Blu-Ray Disc Read-Only Memory