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Sony Crams 3,700 Blu-rays into a Cassette Tape

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    Sony Crams 3,700 Blu-rays into a Cassette Tape

    Sony Crams 3,700 Blu-Rays' Worth of Storage in a Single Cassette Tape

    Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don't get much love. That's a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data. Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes.

    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.

    Sony wouldn't say when or if this new type of tape is expected to hit the market, but when it does, it'll be a victory for the old school.

    i can now make mixtapes again



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    Nice!!!!!!!!!

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    My VHS and cassette tape rewinding business just may see a comeback.

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    Are they going to market new cassette tape video players?







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    Quote Originally Posted by josh_camp View Post
    Are they going to market new cassette tape video players?
    No chance.

    Cassette tapes are in wide use as backup storage in the corporate / enterprise sector and have been for decades. If a business is significant enough to have an IT department, chances are they have a tape backup system.

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    Read an article about this yesterday, pretty neat.




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