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May 4, 2014

Cassette Resurrection



They're coming back. 
Back with a vengeance.
185 terabytes of vengeance.

Way down deep in your hearts, you always knew they would...

From Gizmodo:
Sony's technique, which will be discussed at today's International Magnetics Conference in Dresden, uses a vacuum-forming technique called sputter deposition to create a layer of magnetic crystals by shooting argon ions at a polymer film substrate. The crystals, measuring just 7.7 nanometers on average, pack together more densely than any other previous method.

The result: three Blu-Rays' worth of data can fit on one square inch of Sony's new wonder-tape.

Naturally, that kind of memory isn't going to go in the cassette deck on your ancient boom box any time soon. Sony developed the technology for long-term, industrial-sized data backup, a field where tape's slow write times and the time it takes to scroll through yards and yards of tape to find a single file aren't crippling problems.

6 comments:

WoFat said...

I gave all my cassettes away.

LL said...

I hate anything that moves because it breaks...just saying.

Ian H said...

I remember all the cassettes that failed! Lost lots of good music when they disintegrated while playing. It seems to me, that better use for the new technology would be in a better DVD disk. FWIW

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Didn't they develop Beta?

underground pewster said...

This sure shoots down my plan to pack more information into smoke signals...

Doom said...

I wish they would reinvent me a little bit. :p Uhrm... depending on how they do it?