It is amazing how far storage has come since the early days of the floppy discs. Today, those old discs seem like the stone age of computing. Now Sony is introducing a new digital tape format intended for large-scale backups that can hold 148 gigabits per square inch. Yes, you read that right. 148 gigabytes per square inch.
Once they increase the data density of the tape, they will have tape cartridges with a capacity of 185TB. They will be unveiling details on May 4 in conjunction with IBM. Thanks to a new manufacturing process, the tape uses a magnetic particle size of 7.7nm, which allows for the data density which is almost 74 times that of the LTO-6 tape format introduced in 2012. This is pretty impressive stuff.
Sony plans to commercialize the tape format itself, naturally, as well as the manufacturing process. We don’t have any release date, but more details will come at the Intermag Europe 2014 magnetics conference in Germany. This news makes the old floppy discs seem even more archaic. It will be interesting to see what else comes from this technology.