Friday, 03 October 2014 15:53
A researcher in Australia has figured out a way to blow the top off of optical storage by packing 1000TB's of data onto a DVD that normally has a 4.07GB capacity. This is a pretty amazing increase and we will have to wait and see how long it takes to hit the public market. I'm looking forward to the day that I can backup everything on one DVD, but undoubtedly you'll still have that friend who brags about their need for 2 DVD's "because they've got so many movies.....". Full story over here.
In 2013, Gan and his colleagues found out how to fit 1,000 terabytes (TB), or 50,000 high-definition movies, onto a DVD - an increase from the 4.07 gigabytes they’re currently capable of storing. And he’s now been awarded one of 12 Victoria Fellowships in 2014, which will help incorporate his research into practical, mass storage devices.
Gan and his colleagues managed to increase DVD storage so significantly by using light to create extra small dots or ‘bits’ - the unit used to store information. This means they could write far more information than ever before onto discs the same size.