Maxell to unveil holographic storage in 2006

By Justin Mann on November 25, 2005, 5:00 AM
3D storage is coming a lot closer, and what was almost science fiction less than a few decades ago is now quite reality. Maxell may be offering 300GB holographic discs within a year from now. The technology is being developed by InPhase Technologies, and the primary advantage of holograph storage as a solution to eventually replace existing optical storage is that you are storing data in three dimensions, giving you a much greater data density. Starting off with a removable storage system, it will be limited to a fairly slow speed of 20Mbp/s, with Maxell planning to eventually proceed towards 1.6TB on a single disc with 6 times the bandwidth. Another firm, Japanese company Optware, is also working on similar technology.

It is being called “Holographic Versatile Disc” (HVD), and can supposedly achieve an archive life of over 50 years. Not much different from standard optical discs of today, but much longer than tape drives commonly used as removable backup solutions today.

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6dust said:
Ummm... not Maxtor. Maxell. Big difference.
DragonMaster said:
Yeah, when will the error be fixed? No ways to contact Justin?
Julio said:
Big, big difference. Should be fixed now, sorry for the typo. I guess Justin wasn't around as much as usual, being a long weekend and all... at least we got some holiday coverage =).You can find all staff contact information here:[url][/url]
DragonMaster said:
Thanks Julio. Hehe, forgot to look in About link. Doh!It would be fun if there was a link on the author's name, but at the same time, it's not good for spam.I was finding strange that Maxtor started to make optical disks, and that they were worse than current hard disk drives.
Soul Harvester said:
Woops, don't know how I slipped up on that one. I left really early friday morning and couldn't see any messages until now!
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