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.
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