Holographic storage in 2006?

For many years now there has been speculation about the possibility of holographic computer storage, which would potentially offer storage capacities incredible by today’s standards. Now it seems that finally such storage might be just around the corner. According to The Register, Maxell, using technologies from InPhase Technologies, is planning on making a holographic storage system commercially available in 2006. The device would be capable of storing 300GB per disc (compared to about 4.5GB on current DVD’s). Apparently this technology would be ultimately capable of reaching 1.6TB per disc. Here’s hoping.

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