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Thursday, September 20, 2007

TeraDiscs May Make CD's, DVD's Extinct

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

A new Israeli invention may threaten the reign of CD and DVD as the staple for storing information off of ones computer.

Called TeraDisc, this device will allow users to store up to 1,000 Gigs of info on a single disk.

(Israel 21st Century) Mempile's TeraDisc is the next-generation storage disc. The disc is divided into 200 different layers, five microns apart, each comprising 5GB of storage space. Unlike standard multilayer DVDs, the layers are not physically stacked and stuck together. Instead, they are solid and use a translucent polymer mixture known as ePMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) that gives the discs their distinctive yellow color. The mixture was specially developed by Mempile and Arkema, a spin-off of French company Total, one of the world's largest petrochemical companies. Arkema began as a strategic partner in Mempile, and is now a strategic investor.

"We think it's game changing technology. It's a niche in the home where there's nothing to fill it today. It's not replacing something, it's filling a void," says former New-Yorker Erez.

According to Huppert, the TeraDisc has a 50-year lifespan, and is likely to be a fraction of the price of alternative solutions on the market.

Unless you are a movie buff, storing a 1,000 gigs of info may seem to be overwhelming as most people (currently) do not have that much storage on all of their home computers, laptops, iPods, CD and DVD's, combined--let alone on another disk.

IT professionals will probably love this product (as they can easily back up whole servers on less than a half dozen disks) although it will be interesting to see how Mempile sells this disk to the masses.

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