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Maxell on path to terabyte storage disks

Antony Savvas

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.

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.


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