News Burst: Massive storage discs on Ricoh's radar

These discs aren't just big, they could be revolutionary

Japanese electronics giant Ricoh has inked a deal to develop next generation optical storage technology capable of holding 50-140Gb or around 30 times more than a DVD.

Constellation 3D formed the strategic alliance with Ricoh to develop its pioneering fluorescent multi-layer disc technology (FMD) which it believes will revolutionise the way consumers watch films and listen to music.

FMD works by covering a DVD's multiple layers with a fluorescent coating. This allows much more data to be recorded and read without problems of signal degredation caused by scattering and interference. Film studios have already shown interest in this technology, which could also be used for data warehousing.

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