Longmont (CO) - InPhase today said that it has developed the world's first prototypes of holographic storage drives. The devices offer capacities of up to 1.6 TByte and may help move holographic storage from research to commercialization.
The prototypes are the first results of the firm's research, which began in 2000 when the company was founded by Lucent. InPhase said that the prototype drives will be the foundation family of Tapestry holographic drives, with data capacities that range from 200 GByte to 1.6 TByte on a single disk.
At the heart of the system is a holographic read/write head. According to InPhase, recently available 407 nm blue lasers available in other optical devices such as Blu-ray provide the wavelength required for high capacity holographic storage.
The storage media technology was developed by Hitachi Maxell as a cartridge that provides protection for the light-sensitive recording material. According to InPhase, Maxell is also working on developing a high-volume production process for the media.
InPhase has not yet commented on commercial availability and pricing of the drives.