Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday February 16, 2016

360TB Optical Data Storage On A Tiny Quartz Disc

Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed digital data storage that is capable of storing 360TB on a quartz disc the size of a quarter. The article claims that the data is capable of surviving for billions of years at temps as high as 190آ°C. eek!

Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser writing. The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000آ°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190آ°C ) opening a new era of eternal data archiving.