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Another high-density optical media technology in development

Matteris, a two year old Israeli technology company produced by the Technion R&D Foundation's Technology Incubator, is involved in the research and development of a high density storage media and system which can out perform current high-density optical media standards by 20-40x (Blu-ray).

Matteris is working on a holographic medium which will alow over 1 terabyte of data to fit on a single holographic disc. Some may say this is just another form of holographic digital data storage and we may have agreed with that assumption if it wasn't for the mention of using nano-technology. According to the company's filing description:

MATTERIS has developed a proprietary holographic material with an entirely different concept than that of the commonly used photo-polymers. This novel material, based on nano-materials, is far superior to photo-polymers, offering no need for development (process-less material), no shrinkage, reading between recording sessions, daylight safety, higher capacity and many others.

Matteris is utilizing NanoStorage Technologies' holographic storage technology which is based on nano-materials which allows greater durability of the media and also results in the higher storage capacity and transfer rates.

Aside from the 1 terabyte capacity, Matteris' media in development is said to have transfer speeds upwards in the gigabit/sec range which makes this ideal for many applications such as enterprise datacenter storage or future standards of high-definition audio/video content.

Its hard to say whether this holographic storage technology will see the light of day anytime soon, if at all, but every step in the development process is always a good sign of things to come as far as higher density storage and technological advances.

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"Squeezes" implies its already been done.
By masher2 on 7/10/2006 11:40:27 AM , Rating: 5
Rather more correct to stay "will potentially squeeze 1TB" onto a disk.

Of course holographic media has been the next big thing in storage since the I'm not going to hold my breath simply because yet another startup annnouces its existence.

RE: "Squeezes" implies its already been done.
By segagenesis on 7/10/2006 11:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, thank you I almost forgot about that startup that claimed to fit 100GB on "transparent flourescent" a few years back. I almost said something referencing the bubble memory fiasco of the early 80s with the MRAM news story but it seems more fitting here.

You can put anything in claims of storage on optical disc for read density BUT it will only matter in the end these days how much you can write to it. Hard disk space is incredibly cheap now, but similar writable optical density is not.

By killerroach on 7/11/2006 7:14:46 AM , Rating: 2
Somebody had to bring up bubble memory... wow, what a debacle that was. Apparently some of Konami's arcade games from the 80s are lost forever due to the fact that all the ROMs were stored on bubble memory...

By TomZ on 7/10/2006 12:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, I agree - really the fact that this company has set this goal is not any achievement nor news, IMO.

By 9nails on 7/10/2006 10:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, so true...

In other news, WonderCPU announced that it is working on an 800 GHz CPU to replace AMD Athlon's and Pentium 4's. It's unknown if the coffee stained napkin which contains the design's initial sketch will ever make it to silicone.

By AkumaX on 7/11/2006 12:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
Sheesh, imagine the coasters on this thing..

By PedroDaGr8 on 7/10/2006 12:55:14 PM , Rating: 5
As a former materials science chemist (I worked on OLED materials)I hate how every company says OHHHH This has nanomaterials in it. All that means is that a chemist designed the molecule, which applied chemists have been doing for years. I just hate marketing buzzwords, the worst was I saw an add for something that said, Blaahh now with nanotechnology. That does even make sense, how can something have an abstract idea, it's like SHell Gasoline now with paleontology. Rant over. I just hope that this technology fullfils its promises.

RE: Arghh
By dice1111 on 7/10/2006 1:09:08 PM , Rating: 3
it's like SHell Gasoline now with paleontology.

Best analogy I've heard all month. Well done!

RE: Arghh
By Exodus220 on 7/10/2006 2:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, you got a laugh out of me...thanks for making the morning more enjoyable.

RE: Arghh
By PedroDaGr8 on 7/10/2006 4:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Heh thank you, glad I made your morning a bit better.

quit crying wolf
By IMPoor on 7/10/2006 2:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
It seems like we hear this al the time and never see it other than in a test lab. Hopefully the earlier mentioned company can get it out soon. Then we could potentially see it in a few years and the consumer level. My biggest dilema is how to archive stuff. I have had DVDs that are a decent brand (memorex, TDK) not be able to read after a few years. And I have had hard drives fail also. Currently I burn DVDs (at the slowest speed I can) and backup to external hard drive.

1TB discs could hold have my porn. Or at least the A-M sections.

RE: quit crying wolf
By Master Kenobi on 7/10/2006 4:53:57 PM , Rating: 2
That sir, is a lot of porn.......

RE: DVD media
By sheh on 7/10/2006 9:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Brand names don't guarantee much, at least most of them. Look at who actually makes the discs. Some TDK +Rs I have are made by CMC, for e.g.

Holo disk...
By Chadder007 on 7/10/2006 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 2
I swear....we hear about this same 1TB on a DVD using holographic technology twice every year for the past 5 years. When are they going to actually come out with it?

RE: Holo disk...
By dilz on 7/10/2006 1:11:46 PM , Rating: 3
If mainstream HDD's are approaching 1TB when mainstream optical media approaches 1/10 of that number, count on having a 1 TB disk when HDD's at least 10TB - that way, we'll never be able to back up onto a reasonable number of discs. The conspiracy!

Holographic storage
By bert williams on 7/10/2006 12:48:56 PM , Rating: 3
InPhase Technologies (, will deliver the first commercial holographic storage product to the market in Q4 '06. The HDS-300R Tapestry (tm) drive will support 300 GB on a disc with 20 MB/s transfer rate. The WORM product is initially aimed at archive applications. It will be followed by an 800 GB RW product in 2008, and a 1.6 TB RW product in 2010.

InPhase has a joint development agreement with its strategic investor, Hitachi Maxell, for holographic media, and has been supplying the entire market with holographic ROM readers and test media for several years. InPhase has agreements with library system vendors, including Masstech Storage, asm, Qstar, and others.

Holographic storage is finally for real, and it is being led by the Longmont, Colorado-based InPhase, which spun out of Bell Labs in 2000.

RE: Holographic storage
By OrSin on 7/10/2006 3:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
In phrase disk are not DVD size. Thye are close to Album size. So I would expect they to be able to do this very soon.

cold reality -
By TheDoc9 on 7/10/2006 11:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
The next Constellation 3d

By phaxmohdem on 7/10/2006 6:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sony should definately hold off on the PS3 now until this new format is supported, seriously its been so long, whats another 5 years?

By Clauzii on 7/11/2006 1:47:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well, at the time this will be ready we are more like talking 5-10 times - MAX!

By albundee on 7/10/06, Rating: 0
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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