Maxell says it will launch its first holographic storage drives in September 2006, as the first step in eventually launching single disks that can store terabytes of data.
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The first Maxell drive will have a capacity of 300Gbytes and a throughput of 160Mbps.
Holographic storage uses light-sensitive crystals to boost storage capacity well beyond the limits of media such as DVDs.
The first holographic disks will be able to store up to around 1.6 million high-resolution colour photos or over 240 hours of TV broadcast content.
The industry expects that futures disks will be able to vastly increase this capacity to 1.6Tbytes within a few years.
Maxell is a subsidiary of Hiatchi, which is a leading player in storage networking technology.