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Holographic data storage: rebirthing a commercialization effort
Author(s): Ken Anderson; Mark Ayres; Brad Sissom; Fred Askham
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Paper Abstract

The realization of a commercial holographic data storage device has remained elusive for many decades. The most recent efforts were by InPhase Technologies between 2001 and 2009 resulting in 52 functioning prototypes capable of 300GB/disk and 20MB/s transfer rates. Despite being the world’s first fully functional holographic drives, the primary competitor to holographic archive storage at that time, LTO, had already achieved 800GB and 120MB/in 2008; and by 2010, LTO had achieved 1.5TB and 140MB/s. This left InPhase at a competitive disadvantage to LTO archive solutions despite other strengths such as robustness, random access, and longer-term archive lifetime.

Looking into the future, holographic data storage must be highly competitive with tape in three critical areas: cost/TB, capacity/footprint, and transfer rate. If this can be achieved, holographic data storage would become a superior solution given the low latencies and overall robustness to propel it into being the archive storage front-runner. New technology advancements by Akonia Holographics have enabled the potential for ultra-high capacity holographic storage devices that are capable of world record bit densities of over 2Tbit/in2, 200-300MB/s transfer rates, and a media cost less than $10/TB in the next 5 years. A demonstration platform based on these new advances has been designed and is currently being built by Akonia to progressively demonstrate bit densities of 2Tb/in2, 4Tb/in2, and 8Tb/in2 over the next year.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9006, Practical Holography XXVIII: Materials and Applications, 90060C (25 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2037429
Show Author Affiliations
Ken Anderson, Akonia Holographics, LLC (United States)
Mark Ayres, Akonia Holographics, LLC (United States)
Brad Sissom, Akonia Holographics, LLC (United States)
Fred Askham, Akonia Holographics, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9006:
Practical Holography XXVIII: Materials and Applications
Hans I. Bjelkhagen; V. Michael Bove, Editor(s)

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