Origins and Successors of the Compact Disc

Contributions of Philips to Optical Storage

  • Hans Peek
  • Jan Bergmans
  • Jos van Haaren
  • Frank Toolenaar
  • Sorin Stan

Part of the Philips Research book series (PRBS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. J.A.M.M. van Haaren
    Pages 5-10
  3. J.B.H. Peek, J.P. Sinjou, K. Compaan, P. Kramer, L.B. Vries, R.J. van de Plassche et al.
    Pages 11-52
  4. J.B.H. Peek, J.P. Sinjou, M.G. Carasso, J.P.J. Heemskerk, K.A. Schouhamer Immink, H. Hoeve et al.
    Pages 53-136
  5. Sorin G. Stan
    Pages 137-176
  6. Sorin G. Stan
    Pages 177-232
  7. J.A.M.M. van Haaren, M. Kuijper, Yourii V. Martynov, Benno H.W. Hendriks, Ferry Zijp, Jan Aarts et al.
    Pages 233-306
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-312

About this book


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Peek
    • 1
  • Jan Bergmans
    • 2
  • Jos van Haaren
    • 3
  • Frank Toolenaar
    • 3
  • Sorin Stan
    • 4
  1. 1.Fellow IEEE formerly with Philips Research LaboratoriesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Philips Research LaboratoriesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Philips Consumer LifestyleEindhovenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9552-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9553-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-5671
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