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Holographic Memory Discs


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Holographic storage will trump over blu-ray’s already impressive 50 gigabytes storage capacity.  The new storage medium can hold as little as 300 Gigabytes to a whopping 6 terabytes of information.  It also uses non spinning disc which would use less energy, but requires a green laser to access the information which apparently is a high wattage laser compared to blue or red. (It uses a red laser as well, it’s just that awesome).    It is not consumer ready by any means not even on the high end unfortunately. They need to think about manufacturing, marketing, and their still working out the kinks on the prototypes.

GE just made a breakthrough last April with 500 gig one their designing in R&D for consumer market.

Sony and Nintendo are also interested in this technology.  That game you think is so cool now that basically uses the whole entire 50 gigs on blu-ray, just think what a 6 terabyte game might look like in the future.

Seasons of shows will be stored on 1 disc, hell the entire series of shows could be stored on one disc, 500 gigs is the equivalent of 100 dvds.

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All of this though is small potatoes since this means we’re closer to 3d television screens and this is the viable way to store it.  There are still a lot of hurdles to over come but it is definitely something to keep your eye on, the technology is actually closer than you think.

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  1. October 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Part of me feels that you’ll never need that much space on a disc for a game. The other part of me knows that people said that way back when about every form of medium.

  2. jettwinlock
    October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    The quote you are thinking of is bill gates – “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”

    I think games will get to point where they do need that much space, not all of them but some big budget ones that really want to get as much out as they can from that kind of space.

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