It is a bit amusing to thing that anyone born in the last 15 years would not know what a cassette tape is, but anyone who lived in their youth and prime before that would know what an iconic piece of technology it was. This piece of technology could yet get a new lease on life, if Japanese multimedia and electronics giant Sony would be willing to place their newest data invention on this platform.
Sony has invented a new type of magnetic tape, and the said invention is capable of holding 148 gigabytes (GB) worth of data per square inch. That is a tremendous amount of data on such a small magnetic surface. According to Gizmodo’s resident tech guru Robert Sorokanich, this enhanced magnetic tape will allow a single cassette to store 185 terabytes (TB) worth of data – the equivalent of roughly 3,700 Blu-Ray discs. To put it quite bluntly, three Blu-Rays’ worth of data could fit on one square inch of the new Sony tape. It is that awesome and mind-blowing. Sony officials described the technology on Sunday during the International Magnetics Conference in Dresden.
But Sorokanich says that it might take a while before the technology would hit the street – that is, the mainstream. “Naturally, that kind of memory isn’t going to go in the cassette deck on your boom box any time soon,” Sorokanich said. “Sony developed the technology for long-term, industrial-sized data backup, a field where tape’s slow write times and the time it takes to scroll through yards and yards of tape to find a single file aren’t crippling problems,” he added, noting that the Japanese company did not place any timetable for the material’s release. The problem for this type of storage is still read-and-write speeds, and tape is notoriously slow. Suffice it to say that this technology will not be replacing your 512GB solid state drive anytime soon.
[via Red Orbit]