Using a new 5D laser writing technique, this CD-sized glass disc can hold up to 500 TB of data and last for nearly 14 billion years.
We remember the famous(CD, DVD, Blu-ray, …) and its very optimistic life when they were released. Facing the test of time, reality shows that in these media it is quite random. That is why laboratories look for solutions to maintain the importance data for as long as possible. Different techniques have been considered, combining the dimensions to increase the density.
The one imagined by researchers from in the UK it could record 500 terabytes of data on a single crystal disc the size of a CD. A density 10,000 times denser than what it can offer . This capacity could be used to store the equivalent of 125 million photos. That’s not all, since the storage medium would be durable, even eternal. It could withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees, but above all its longevity would be 13.8 billion years without degradation, if stored in good conditions.
Slow but durable
To accomplish these feats and increase density so much, the lab has relied on writing storage cells based on ). There are, then, two optical dimensions and three other spatial ones. For their test, the scientists used this method to record 6 GB of data on a glass sample of one inch. The downside is that, side writing, the laser reaches a maximum of 230 kb / s. This is not fast, but since it is a long-term storage, the speed of it is not necessarily a priority. It would take about 60 days to save that 500 TB of data. That said, the team is now working to increase this speed.. The team discusses structures written in in five dimensions
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