Contributor Vivek Kemp is GE’s Reporter at Large
Scientists at GE’s Global Research Center in upstate New York announced a breakthrough in the pursuit of holographic data storage today. They have successfully demonstrated technology that can put 500 gigabytes onto a single DVD-sized disc.
“This is significant,” said Brian Lawrence, who manages GE’s holographic project. “Just imagine being able to put all this Information on a disc.”
The process works by imprinting chemical changes in the form of patterns –- holograms –- within the disc. Those holograms are then read by lasers, similar to the ones in Blu-ray players. In fact, at 500GB, these holographic discs could offer 20 times the capacity of a single-layer Blu-ray disc.
And while the technology is still a few years from market, Lawrence says the realization of this capacity opens the door to a slew of possibilities.
“Think about all the information we encounter everyday. As our digital needs grow, so will our need for digital storage,” Lawrence said. “This breakthrough puts us significantly closer to meeting that need.”
* Read “G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc” in The New York Times
* Read Brian’s blog about the breakthrough at grcblog.com
* Read GE’s earlier blog posts about holographic technology
* Read engadget.com’s coverage
* Read GE’s announcement