The first holographic disc drives â€“ able to store 300GB of uncompressed data on a single platter â€“ will ship in July this year. But itâ€™s not for you and I. Itâ€™s for companies like Lockheed Martin, the US Geological Survey and Turner Broadcasting System.
â€œWeâ€™re not going to play in the backup market at all,â€ said Nelson Diaz, CEO of the holographic disc drive maker InPhase Technologies.
Theyâ€™ll play to the archival market and they are pricing their HgDDs accordingly: $18,000 for the drive, $180 for the disc.
InPhase plans a second-generation 800GB optical disc by the end of next year, ramping this up to 1.6TB by 2010.