More Bytes for the Buck
By David Dritsas
Even with the already numerous options of magnetic, optical and solid state media, newer storage formats are entering the battle for dominance in CE. In the end, what it all may boil down to is price. And when it comes to that, the format with the greatest bytes-for-the-buck advantage could be a little optical format known as DataPlay.
The Boulder, Colo.-based company was started in November of 1998. Over time, it developed an optical format that is based on three principles, the first being a high-capacity format. The quarter-sized, cartridge-sized, write-once, optical format holds 250 MB in a single-sided version and 500 MB in a double-sided version. The second principle is a micro-optical engine that records to the disc at fast and more power-efficient speeds than CD. The last principle regards copyright protection, which DataPlay said can be accomplished with ContentKey, a copyright protection tool that can be used by content providers.