A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

Summary: With a belief that there's a future in optical drives, start-up Millenniata and LG have partnered to commercialize a disc that lasts 'forever.'

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Start-up Millenniata and Hitachi-LG have teamed up to create a new optical disc along with a read/write player that will store any data -- movies, photos, and music -- forever. The disc is compatible with any current DVD or Blu-ray player.

Millenniata calls the product the M-Disc, and claims that it "cannot be overwritten, erased, or corrupted by natural processes." In fact, if you were so inclined, you can dip it in liquid nitrogen and then boiling water without harming it (See video).

The M-Disc platters resemble typical DVDs and Blu-ray discs in that they are made up of multiple layers of material sans a reflective or dye layer. During the recording process, a laser "etches" permanent pits onto a proprietary rock-like data layer using higher temperatures and as much as five times more energy than ordinary optical discs.

Credit: Millenniata, Inc.

A U.S. Department of Defense study found the resiliency of the product to be greater as compared to other leading optical disc competitors.

The platters can be read on any machine that can read a DVD, however, Millenniata's machine is required to write it. Currently, the discs can store about the same amount of data as a DVD (4.7GB) but only write at 4x or roughly half the speed of today's DVD players. Plans to ramp up recording speed are underway.

Millenniata will target consumers first when it launches the M-Disc read-write player in early October. After that, the company plans to make a foothold in the long-term data archive market as an alternative to cloud and other storage and backup technologies.

(via Computerworld)

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  • glass

    Why not makes it out of glass? Now that would be rad.
    goingbust
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @goingbust even gorilla glass breaks.
      Champ_Kind
      • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

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  • Dye layer...

    ...not die layer!

    Glass is fragile.
    GrizzledGeezer
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @GrizzledGeezer <br><br>Nice catch, thanks!
      christopher_jablonski
  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    I just want to hold one up and say, "It's faaaaake!"
    SenorAlejandro
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @SenorAlejandro.. sure looks like it.. hehe..

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  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    Sounds like the cranberry diamond disc- http://www.zdnet.com/blog/digitalcameras/new-dvds-store-digital-photos-for-centuries/2163?tag=search-results-rivers;item0
    Gritztastic
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @Gritztastic

      Well, yes. If you read the article on the Cranberry, you'll see that they license the tech from Milleniata.
      Barc777
  • What about the reflexive layer?

    I hope the movie and game industries jump in. I'm tired of damaged discs :-/
    But they say nothing about the reflexive layer, and I have plenty of discs that simply "peeled" while stored and without extreme temperatures or humidity whatsoever.
    extraneu
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      Champ_Kind
    • What's a 'reflexive' layer?

      @extraneu

      Do you mean 'reflective' layer?
      Heimdall222
  • Sounds like...

    ...this would be good for long-term archiving.

    Me like--if it works...
    wolf_z
  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    Yeah... soak it in liquid nitrogen and immediately throw it into boiling water. I would be curious if it would shatter like rocks would.
    HardTruth
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @HardTruth Rocks don't shatter.

      Porous rocks that have water in them will shatter.

      The liquid nitrogen would freeze the water - which expands creating micro-fractures.

      Subsequent boiling generates steam within the micro-fractures, which then allow the rock to crumble.

      Dry them out, and no problem.
      jessepollard
  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    As long as there is the technology available to read the media. It may last a thousand years, but who knows how long the technology to play it back will be here. The receipe for concrete was lost for 1,500 years. How many funcitioning 5?" floppy drives are in use today, or wire recorders?
    jfgeschmidtt
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      Don't Black Boxes on Airplanes and Trains us wire recorders.
      llowell@...
    • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

      @jfgeschmidtt - Haven't you ever seen Star Trek? They'll just have their replicator materialize a DVD drive from the info in the data banks.
      Greenknight_z
  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    The (ancient) Egyptians/Babylonians/Assyrians may have the patent on this...
    Bob63
  • RE: A 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts for millennia

    what the "f" is a 'rock-like' layer? From a site that published about advanced materials quite often, it usually assumes its reader-base is capable of understanding an atomic level description of some new alloy based nano-fiber... 'rock-like'? what are we? the flintstones?
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