Ikegami Tsushinki, Tokyo, has entered into a multi-year OEM agreement with InPhase Technologies to market a holographic video-archiving product from InPhase. The new storage technology is ideal for video archiving within facilities that are implementing a tapeless workflow environment. Ikegami will begin to offer an Ikegami-Branded 300GB Holographic Data Storage System, designed for archiving that works within a PC-based system, by early next year.
The Ikegami 300GB external holographic drive employs a 130mm disk-based media cartridge with a shelf life of 50 years. Second- and third-generation external holographic drives are in development with capacities of 800GB and 1.6TB, respectively; both will be backward compatible, according to the company.
The Ikegami-branded InPhase external holographic drive will enable users of Ikegami's Editcam and Editcam HD camcorders to transfer edited or camera-original video content via FireWire or FTP interfaces to highly stable 300GB cartridges with all the advantages of tapeless nonlinear archiving and retrieval.
Both companies said that in addition to high-storage densities and fast transfer rates, holographic storage is more cost-effective than tape or optical media, does not require special environmental controls, offers true write-once-read-many (WORM) performance, is easily integrated with asset management and archiving software and records video exactly as originally recorded, adding no additional compression.
The cartridge-encased 130mm holographic storage disc media is composed of two substrates with 1.5mm of recording material between them. Data is recorded between the substrates, with no surface recording. This use of the full depth of the recording material is a major factor in the robustness of the holographic media itself. Data is recorded at 1.4 million bits per second, using a blue laser from 405 to 407 nm in wavelength.