Long rumored, holographic storage is finally making it's way to, well, at least it's for rent...
|Holographic storage maker InPhase, a spinoff of Bell Labs, first appeared on the radar back in 2005. Initially, the company claimed that it would soon offer holographic discs at 300GB densities, with later disc densities rising as high as 1TB. InPhase's actual shipping product has been coming real soon now for the past few years, but reports have the company releasing its Tapestry hologram archival product this coming May. This time, apparently, they really, really, really, really mean it. Pinkie swear.
The first-generation Tapestry 300r device will use 300GB holographic discs, currently priced at $180 per disc in volume quantities. Initial drive transfer speed will be 20MBps, with transfer rates and available storage rising to 80MBps/800GB with the 800r, and 120MBps/1.6TB with the 1600r. InPhase has given no guidance on when we might see these units, which is probably a good idea, given how long it has taken the company to ready the 300r.
The Tapestry 300r holographic storage system is impressive on a technological level, but whether that product will take hold in the market is another question altogether. At just under $18,000 per unit, the Tapestry 300r isn't exactly cheap, and a 20MBps data transfer rate, while not terrible, isn't going to drop any jaws.