Optware to Release 30 GB Holographic Card for Less than $1 at the End of 2006

neildmitchell

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Optware Corp., a developer of holographic data storage systems, is planning to release a Holographic Versatile Card (HVC) media product around the end of 2006. The card capacity is expected to be 30 GB. The company aims to price the product around ¥100. Optware also intends to set the price of a reader device lower than ¥200,000 and a reader/writer device lower than ¥1 million. The launch of these HVC-related products is planned to coincide with the standardization of the technology, expected in December, 2006, by Ecma International, an organization promoting standardization of information and communication technologies. The company also revealed photos of mockups. Dimensions of the card are almost the same as those of a credit card, while the drive system is designed to be the size of a surface-mounted hard disc drive system.

Collinear holographic technology developed by Optware is used to read from and write onto the holographic card. The technology requires only one objective lens, because the information beam and reference beam are arranged into a single laser beam on the same axis, which is used for both reading and writing. In the HVC, hologram data are recorded in either longitudinal or lateral directions. A reader system moves both the medium and the optical head horizontally to pickup specified holograms. For example, card might be shifted to the right and left, with the optical head shifted back and forth. The company has designed the card to be almost as large as a credit card for users' convenience. Optware said that, technically, the size can be reduced to that of a memory card.

Tadashi Nezu, Nikkei Electronics
 

Makosuke

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Very interesting technological development, but I'm not quite sure what it's intended market is initially, considering that the readers will start at US$2000 and the writers at $10,000. Is there some inherent advantage over next-gen DVDs that makes it that much more compelling? Faster datarates, more durable?

In any case, after the news of high-data-density holographic storage in the lab a few years ago it's good to see it working its way into the marketplace.
 

yg17

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Makosuke said:
Very interesting technological development, but I'm not quite sure what it's intended market is initially, considering that the readers will start at US$2000 and the writers at $10,000. Is there some inherent advantage over next-gen DVDs that makes it that much more compelling? Faster datarates, more durable?

In any case, after the news of high-data-density holographic storage in the lab a few years ago it's good to see it working its way into the marketplace.
10 grand for a writer, wow. Unless those drop significantly, like by $9500, I don't see the advantage of them over something like blu-ray.
 

PlaceofDis

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interesting, but i think the writers and readers will have to come down a bit in price to make it anywhere near useful technology, but its always good to see advancement
 

neildmitchell

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mad jew said:
Correct me if I'm wrong because I'm basing this on old Physics knowledge but if you break a hologram, each segment retains all the data.

That could well come in handy. /end massive understatement.

I found a link, aren't I a good boy.
I forgot about that, very spiffy indeed.
Being able to extract the whole data from an image that might be slightly damaged or corrupt. WOO HOO no more flawed backups with Retrospect! (I hope)