We have developed a Write Once Read ForeverTM DVD made from materials that are known to be capable of enduring over 1,000 years. Research to this point has produced optically-recorded bits with optical contrast superior to that of today’s DVD-R technology; this optical contrast will not degrade with the passage of time. Our Millennial WriterTM uses a higher energy laser to ablate a dark glassy surface. These Millennial DiscsTM will be readable in all current DVD readers.Only the disc and the disc writer are new technology. The discs are playable in existing CD and DVD players.
Millenniata's web site shows this graphic of the disc layers:
Looking at the web site, it doesn't seem that the company is doing mass production at this point. It would be interesting to get this technology into an organization that could give it a full testing and then report on the results. Is it the solution? Is it a solution? If not, why not?
By the way, their literature contains this information on media longevity that we all should keep in mind (no matter what media we're using):
- Magnetic Tape: 30 to 50 years
- Hard-Drive: 7 to 12 years
- CD/DVD (recordable): 7 to 23 years
- Solid state (Flash memory): 10 to 12 years
BTW I'm always exciting when a company has a blog and even more exciting when the company really uses its blog. I hope Millenniata will use its blog more to help educate us.
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