The German company Cerabyte has developed a ceramic-based data storage solution that allows the recording of 100 PB on one cartridge and 1 EB on a ceramic-coated tape drive. The company will discuss the new ceramic nanomemory technology in the end of September.
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The new technology presents a method to store information from a nanolayer made of ceramic particles 50100 atoms thick. The data can be written and read using a laser or particle beam, thereby structuring the information as that of QR codes.
Cerabyte says volumetric storage density is mainly dependent on the thickness of the substrate. This can be 100-300 m thick glass wafer or 5 m thick tapes with a 10-nm thick coating. Information on these media will be protected against typical threats to storage: fires, floods and electrical discharges.
The technology reduces the particle size from 100 to 3 nm, and thus makes the noise drop a little more substantial by the tidal m2-city factor. Data is written and read through high-resolution optical microscopes or electron beam microscopes. For this reason, a robotic component will be needed.
Cerabyte says that the new technology will be available as early as 20252030. We will increase data storage density from 10 to 100 mp per rack using CeraMemory cartridges, and in 20302035. CeraTape tapes with a capacity of 1 EB are expected to appear. Yes, the delay in accessing the data will be measured in seconds.
Researchers say that the ceramic nanomemory provides data writing and reading speed at the GB/s level while two million bits of data can be written with one pulse. According to the company, tape recording using particle flow can achieve terabyte/mm-class volume densities, which is an order of magnitude higher than the storage densities of all commercially available storage solutions today.
Cerabyte said this media is 100% recyclable, has low energy consumption for writing and reading and long life – with significant benefits to new technology. The cost structure for the deployment of new storage technologies will probably be lower than the total cost of current commercial storage technologies.
Experts note that if volumetric density of data is primarily dependent on the thickness of the substrate, then Cerabyte devices should have an extremely complex design for the printing and reading of data, which is in the desired depth and location in the media. The new technology might make it hard for the business to succeed. Previously, the difficulties in such a development end up being a solution to the question of how holographic information is stored.
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