Saturday, December 22nd 2007

Firm Developing 1TB DVDs

An Israeli firm known as Mempile is currently working on a new form of DVD called TeraDisc DVDs, which will offer 1TB of permanent storage on a single disk. The company has already managed to develop a disk capable of storing half a terabyte, and expects the 1TB disks to become available within the next few years. The disks, which are made of a polymer similar to Plexiglas, use powerful red laser technology to read and write, with a second laser which tracks data. The technology works by writing bits at the molecular level, which changes the color of florescent molecules in the disks. The main advantage of this method over current technologies such as HD DVD are that it has far less background noise, allowing it to read and write to hundreds of layers without any deterioration. The company plans to launch a 700GB version in 2011, with an expected price of around $30 per disk – although the DVD drives required to play them could set you back between $3,000 and $4,000.Source: COMPUTERWORLD
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18 Comments on Firm Developing 1TB DVDs

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
See, technology comes from everywhere. Whoa. Here we are looking upto a Hitachi 1TB Winchester disk and a DVD comes out with that!. I don't think this would come out very soon, if it will, and the technology spreads, at least the 500 GB disc technology, it could put HD-DVD and Blu Ray into trouble considering both are struggling with developing sub-100 GB capacities.
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Dangle
This will not put HD DVD or BluRay in trouble. By 2011, HD DVD or Blu Ray will have become a standard. People will not want to switch to another format that early. Also, HD DVD or Blu-Ray might be the last optical format for m ovies. everything is going on-demand.
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#3
Mandown
Way to much space to be permanent. Gotta be for big companies or someone like NASA. I can't see this being made for the general public.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
^ Agree. I think a 1TB media would serve more as a replacement for tapes and other enterprise backup media. They could be very expensive too. Remember the iOmega Jaz?
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#5
Triprift
In 10 years time u wach it will be the norm look at hd screens when they first came out they were insanely priced now there less than a grand in some cases.
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#6
dsdsdk
By 2011 1920x1200 will be low res. 3000x2000 will prolly be common for TV-LCDs. Or am i dreaming?
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#7
KieranD
heard about this already i think that its a good idea i mean it could backup full servers i dunno it would take weeks or months to backup that abount of data but if your just storing stuff its way cheaper than a hd for example if you backup games or record tv to your pc it could be mega usefull for those hi resolutions

not much other use than a backup disk probly more of a contender to hard drives as a backup media if you ask me
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#9
Woah Mama!
Dude...that is like.. over a whole day of constant porn movies.. Awesome.

Price = Fail.
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#10
erocker
Ok, let's just get this to market nice and quick! Winner vs. HD-DVD and Blue-Ray is....................... DVD!!!
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#11
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
^ That's Mempile TeraDisc
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#12
Wile E
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by: Dangle
This will not put HD DVD or BluRay in trouble. By 2011, HD DVD or Blu Ray will have become a standard. People will not want to switch to another format that early. Also, HD DVD or Blu-Ray might be the last optical format for m ovies. everything is going on-demand.
I seriously doubt that. There will always be a market for hard copies. It makes people feel more secure. Although I think they may eventually move to flash based storage for retail movies and music.
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#13
Ehstii
i already have mine pre ordered.
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#14
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
^ From where?
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#15
tigger
I'm the only one
How long will it take to write a 1tb disc i wonder? Its an interesting idea,god knows if it will affect blue ray/hd dvd at all.I dont even like the idea of writing 50gb discs either really.
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#16
Ehstii
by: btarunr
^ From where?
lol, i was just playin. haha

these things look like they are going to be a waste of money...
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#17
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
^That's exactly what people thought about the DVD back in 1996
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#18
Ehstii
yea, but DVDs cost a lottt less than what these are going to cost. and its the same product, just with a bigger size.
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