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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 (blog) 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 1960s...so 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..


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