Mass storage DVDs

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“Five-dimensional” discs with a capacity 10,000 times greater than current DVDs could be on the market within 10 years. A team from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia said that by harnessing nanoparticles and a “polarisation” dimension to existing technology, storage can be massively boosted without changing the size of a current disc.

The researchers have signed a deal with Samsung Electronics and said the technique had allowed them to store 1.6 terabytes of data on a disc with the potential to one day store up to 10 terabytes. One terabyte would be enough to hold 300 feature length films or 250,000 songs.

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