New Protein-Based Storage Technology Will Someday Boost DVD Capacity to 50TB
Further proof the Blu-ray and other DVD technologies are just a quick stop on the road to even higher density DVD storage, an Indian scientist today announced a breakthrough that could someday boost DVD storage to a whopping 50 terabytes and make the hard drive obsolete. By coating the disc surface with a light sensitive protein, the capacity boost from the small genetically altered microbe proteins could eventually make a disc surface capable of holding 50,000 gigabytes
Professor V Renugopalakrishnan of the Harvard Medical School in Boston has claimed to have developed a layer of protein made from tiny genetically altered microbe proteins which could store enough data to make computer hard disks almost obsolete. â€œWhat this will do eventually is eliminate the need for hard drive memory completely,â€ ABC quoted Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, a BSc in Chemistry from Madras University and PhD in biophysics from Columbia/State University of New York, Buffalo, New York as saying.
The new protein-based DVD will have advantages over current optical storage devices such as the Blue-ray as well, because the information is stored in proteins that are only a few nanometres across. â€œThe protein-based DVDs will be able to store at least 20 times more than the Blue-ray and eventually even up to 50,000 gigabytes (about 50 terabytes) of information. You can pack literally thousands and thousands of those proteins on a media like a DVD, a CD or a film or whatever,â€ he said. Source: Yahoo News
We Say: Only downside I see is the inevitable ultra-extended directorâ€™s cut. King Kong was just not long enough! And what on earth would a single disc cost? $1,000? not to mention the player. Sounds interesting, but donâ€™t hold your breath on seeing this anytime soon.