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Maxell Releases Holographic Storage Medium


By David Ponce

Forget about Blu-Ray, or HD-DVD… I’ll take holographic disks anytime. Maxell, in a joint venture with InPhase Technologies has announced the release of a Holographic optical recording device that will eventually support cartridges of up to 1.6TB (that’s a “t”, as in 1,600 Gb) with transfer rates reaching 120Mbps MBPS (as in megabytes).

To put things in perspective, this means that one 5 1/4 inch disk will be able to hold as much information as 63 DVDs. What’s this fancy new technology you ask? Well, for one, it’s not shiny new. But that’s not the point.

Holographic recording technology utilizes intersecting signal and reference laser beams to store data in a number of 3D hologram images capable of saving hundreds of data pages in a single location. In principle, laser beams can be moved with no mechanical components, allowing access times of the order of 10 µs, faster than any conventional disk drive will ever be able to randomly access data.

What this means to you? All your porn collection, in one place.

What else?

Check out the press release.







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  • Tim

    120Mbps? 120 Million bits? @ ~10 bits per byte (I’m allowing for some overhead) thats ~12 megabytes a second. USB 2.0 and Firewire are 40megaBYTEs a second right?
    Enough for video, but a step back for overall speed.

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  • Oz

    bench your hard drive and weep!

  • John

    Says, 120 “MegaBytes”/sec on Maxell’s site

    “…and data rates as high as 120 MBPs…”

  • http://www.jy.lv Jealousy

    So this is better than HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc)?
    http://www.optware.co.jp/english/what_050203.html

  • http://knowgood.blogsource.com/post.mhtml?post_id=34616 knowgood

    I hope HVD are protected somehow. When we read DVDs they always have finger prints on them and we have to clean them.

  • http://knowgood.blogsource.com/post.mhtml?post_id=34616 knowgood

    Sorry, should have been “when we rent…”

  • Will Dwinnell

    Nitpick: “tera-” is “T”, not “t”.

  • alex

    What? Maybe my math is different from yours, but if the disk would hold 1.6TB and a single sided dual-layered dvd holds 9GB then that means one disk would hold the same amount of data as 177.77 dvds, not 63. If you were referring to dual-layered double-sided dvds (18GB) then the disk would hold the same amount as 88 dvds.

    Just pointing out your shitty math.

  • locus.solus

    “What? Maybe my math is different from yours, but if the disk would hold 1.6TB and a single sided dual-layered dvd holds 9GB then that means one disk would hold the same amount of data as 177.77 dvds, not 63. If you were referring to dual-layered double-sided dvds (18GB) then the disk would hold the same amount as 88 dvds.

    Just pointing out your shitty math.”

    maybe he was talking about a regular single layer dvd fitting in the 300gb disk which would be the first thing available to consumers.

    “The first generation of holographic media with 300 GB of storage capacity and a 20 MBPs Transfer Rate is scheduled for release in late 2006.”

    but you knew that because you’re oh so smart and read the press release…

  • Jimbo McFartybuns

    Press releases are for housewives and little girls, man. COOL people (who know math, man!) don’t NEED to read the press release, because anything they say is true.

    For instance, the new Holographic thingummy runs on tyvek envelopes and the tears of a rare Nigerian fruitbat.

    Aaaaah, bup bup bup, no need to check the press release! It is true, for I have ordained it.

  • Max

    It’s not 120mbits it’s 120 mbytes/s

  • fosman

    Its big. And its quick.

    That’s it.

    Now stop being losers. Espically math losers.

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