Hitachi has developed a new data storage solution it has unveiled today, that uses a new quartz glass plate technology to store data indefinitely.
The new data storage solution is capable of storing the data on on slivers of quartz glass that can endure extreme temperatures and hostile conditions, without ever degrading the data stored within.
The prototype quartz glass storage device measures just two centimetres (0.8 inches) square and just two millimetres (0.08 inches) thick, and consists of four layers of dots, which can hold 40 megabytes per square inch, which is approximately the same data as a music CD.
Researches are now developing new solutions with more layers which they say shouldn’t prove a problem. Hitachi researcher Kazuyoshi Torii said.
“The volume of data being created every day is exploding, but in terms of keeping it for later generations, we haven’t necessarily improved since the days we inscribed things on stones,”
As yet Hitachi has not decided when to put the chip into mass production but in the near future it might be used to store government, museums and religious organisation data, says Hitachi.
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