Toshiba Backs Holographic Storage Technology

By Dave

Toshiba has decided to invested in Optware, which is only one of the companies that Optware is talking to as it tried to gain more US venture capital.

Optware is currently working to finish development of its HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc) technology that would enable DVD sized discs or blocks to store upwards of 1TB (1000GB) of data. The HVD technology stores data inside a disc as holographic patterns.

HVD player/recorder machines and first-generation writeable discs that will be able to store 200GB will go on sale sometime next June for the enterprise storage market, and HVD players accompanied by 100 gigabyte read-only HVD discs should be available for the consumer market sometime in 2007.

This may be the relplacement to the HD-DVD standard that has been taking a bit of a beating in the standards war lately and a great competitor for the Blu-Ray DVD technology that many companies have signed on to use.

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