Ikegami to market holographic storage systems for video archiving

Ikegami Tsushinki, Tokyo, has entered into a multi-year OEM agreement with InPhase Technologies to market holographic video-archiving products 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 a new Ikegami-branded 300GB Holographic Data Storage System, designed for archiving that works within a PC-based system, by early next year.

Ikegami's SD and HD Editcam camcorders will continue to record video to Ikegami's FieldPak2 tapeless nonlinear media, which is available in both hard-disk or Flash-memory versions. Holographic storage provides high storage densities and fast transfer rates with durable, removable media. Holographic technology is poised to become the next-generation solution for reliable, low-cost digital storage and HD or SD video archiving.

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 drives 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 was more cost-effective than tape or optical media (projected cost is approximately 10 cents per gigabyte), 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 comprised 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 405nm to 407nm in wavelength.

For more information, visit www.inphase-technologies.com and www.Ikegami.com.