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GE Announces Micro-holographic Storage Technology

GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company, announced what the company calls a major breakthrough in the development of next generation optical storage technology.

GE’s research team has successfully demonstrated a micro-holographic material that can support data recording at the same speed as Blu-ray discs. This result builds upon the April 2009 demonstration of a threshold micro-holographic storage material that can support 500 gigabytes of storage capacity in a standard DVD-size disc.

“During the past two years, our research team has been focused on material improvements to increase the recording speed and making other key advances needed to ready GE’s micro-holographic technology for market,” said Lorraine. “With a speed to match Blu-ray’s, discs made from GE’s advanced micro-holographic materials are an attractive solution for both archival and consumer entertainment systems.”

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With higher recording speeds required in the professional archival industry, the company said that the latest breakthrough by GE researchers will advance the company’s interests in commercializing GE’s micro-holographic technology in the market space.

“During the past two years, our research team has been focused on material improvements to increase the recording speed and making other key advances needed to ready GE’s micro-holographic technology for market,” said Lorraine. “With a speed to match Blu-ray’s, discs made from GE’s advanced micro-holographic materials are an attractive solution for both archival and consumer entertainment systems.”

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Lorraine also noted that the breakthrough in recording speed could hasten the entry of GE’s micro-holographic technology into the consumer electronics market. Future micro-holographic discs using GE’s proprietary material will read and record on systems very similar to a typical Blu-ray or DVD player. In fact, the hardware and formats can be so similar to current optical storage technologies that future micro-holographic players will enable consumers to play back their CDs, DVDs and BDs.

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Accoding to GE, in the months ahead, GE’s research and licensing teams will be sampling media to qualified companies interested in licensing its proprietary holographic data storage platform, a comprehensive portfolio that includes materials, discs, optical systems for manufacturing and optical drive technologies.

“This latest breakthrough in Holographic Data Storage represents a significant step forward on the path to commercializing this technology,” said William Kernick, Vice President of Technology Ventures for GE. “We are looking forward to engaging with strategic industry partners to create an exciting new solution in the marketplace.”

http://ge.geglobalresearch.com/blog/breakthrough-in-micro-holographic-data-storage/

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