The Terabyte Storage Disc is On the Way
An Israeli software company called Mempile has devised a CD-sized disc, a consumer storage product that it believes will one day be able to store a terabyte (1000 gigabytes) of information.
The product, known by the brand name TeraDisc, will be capable of hosting up to 250 hours of programming. When the product is released in 12 to 18 months, it will have 500GB of storage space -- about ten times what is held by a Blu-ray disc -- and Mempile expects to expand to a full terabyte about a year later, Beth Erez, Mempile’s vice president and chief marketing officer, said in an interview with E-Gear. The TeraDisc will be sold as a standalone storage mechanism under that name. However, the software will not be used for any sort of entertainment content distribution, such as as a competitor to Blu-ray or HD-DVD.
“We will compete with them in one aspect,” Erez said- as a storage and archival mechanism. She cited a lack of interest by the entertainment industry in such massive single-disc storage. However, Mempile does plan to enter “partnerships” with various electronics companies, starting with computer manufacturers. “We don’t see ourselves trying to compete with Sony, Panasonic, or disc manufacturers,” she said. “We’re working with some of them.”