Toshiba is all set to launch killer optical discs that will surely gather plenty of media attention. As of now Toshiba is working on optical discs that will have a whooping capacity of 1 TB. Toshiba confirms that the current working prototype has 16 layers (which is four times more than what a Blu-ray disc has) with each layer carrying 32 gigs on each of its size. This makes the total capacity 1024 gigs per disc.

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pc-pro-optical-discClaims have arised from a group of Australian scientists that they have come up with a way so that up to a whooping 10TB of data can be stored on a single disc. The team from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, have successfully added “the dimensions of colour and light polarization” to our already existing technology in DVDs giving it massive boost to its maximum storage capacity.

These new discs will be capable of storing 10,000 times more data than our current DVDs, so far they have already been able to achieve 1.6TB discs and these could be on sale through Samsung within the next five years, as a deal has already been snatched. In addition to that, 10 TB will eventually be possible but we’ll need to look further ahead – next ten years.

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Pioneer’s fine technology never fails to impress, it has just unveiled a new type of 16 layer optical disc that is capable of storing up to 400GB worth of data! Of course, it’s based on Blu-ray Disc (BD) but with an added additional material of reflective layers by Pioneer. The specs of the pick-up head (PUH) remains the same as those for blank BD discs, meaning to say the Pioneer discs can be read by BD players currently in the market. Pioneer will be releasing the read-only (ROM) 400GB discs perhaps anytime between now and 2010, while the rewritable 400GB discs will arrive abit later between 2010 and 2012. It’s said a further 1TB capacity will eventually turn up in 2013!

[via TechFresh, SlipperyBrick, Newlaunches]

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