Maxell Introduces "Future of Optical Storage Media" with Holographic Recording Technology
Posted Nov 20, 2005

Maxell Corporation of America and InPhase Technologies are bringing a new optical storage technology to market: holographic media. With storage capacities achieving 1.6 Terabytes (TB) per disc and data rates as high as 120MB/sec, holographic technology also features a long archival life.

Holographic data storage is superior to existing disc and hard drive technologies, and is also competitive against tape technologies in capacities and transfer rate. In addition, it offers a 50+ year media archive life and random data access, according to Maxell. Finally, Maxell expects the media to have the lowest cost per gigabyte of any commercial quality removable storage.

Holographic recording technology utilizes intersecting signal and reference laser beams to store data in a number of 3D hologram images capable of saving hundreds of data pages in a single location. One 5 1/4 inch-diameter optical disc can store up to 150 million pages--more than 63 times the capacity of DVD. Also, with holographic recording, a multitude of form factors, such as discs, cards, etc., and laser wavelengths (red, green, and blue) can be used.

The first generation of holographic media is scheduled for release in September 2006. For more information on Maxell products, visit Maxell's Web site,