The war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray continues to chug on endlessly without a true winner. But we say "Screw em", because Maxell along with InPhase Technologies is coming out with some dope shit using holographics. Using cartridges (read: floppys), the new technology will support up to 1.6TB with data transfers at 120MBps. Yeah. That's a lot of storage. You could just go apeshit with
Netflix renting every single movie and making a best of Edward Norton collection all on one disk your music, movies, and games all on one disk. It could even replace your hard drive if you think about how fast and big it will be. Don't expect anything huge before 2007, though. Here's what the technology is expected to be:
"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 s, faster than any conventional disk drive will ever be able to randomly access data."
Maxell Releases Holographic Storage Medium [OhGizmo!]