Information storage media company Maxell has said it will launch its first holographic storage products in September 2006. The first removable drive will have a capacity of 300GB and a throughput of 160mbps.
Holographic storage works by storing information using light-sensitive crystals. Because it uses the whole volume of the drive–whose prototype looks somewhat like a floppy disk–not just the surface, it’s possible to store much more information than is possible on a DVD.
With a single holographic removable drive, or disk, able to store 1.6 million high-resolution color photos or more than 240 hours of TV broadcast, holographic storage is starting to draw the attention of many in the IT industry.
“Holographic media makes it possible for millions of pages of information and high-definition images to be held on one small, relatively inexpensive disk,” said Steven Pofcher, senior marketing manager at Maxell.
“That’s pretty inexpensive,” Tarasoff said. “Even the first versions can store 300GB per disk, and it has 160mbps data throughput rates. That’s burning. Then combine it with random access, and it’s the best of all worlds.”