Whilst the world makes its transition from HD DVD to Blu-ray, I thought it’d be worth mentioning a technology that has the capability of containing data for 1,000 years.
This new Blu-ray M-DISC by Millenniata has the capability of holding up to 25GB of data, and according to test results, the new M-DISC will have a median expected life of 1,332 years. Currently the average CD or DVD usually has been stated to have a median expected life of 30 to 100 years but many CDs rarely live up to anywhere near that age.
In fact, most common CDs have a true median expected age of just 2.7 to 3.0 years.
Millenniata has managed to create the M-DISC by using a mix of metals and metalloids to replace a layer that would previously consist of light sensitive dyes.
This kind of technology has already been around for a while now, however they were in the form of optical discs, meaning only around 5GB of data were available on the discs.
Currently we don’t have any pricing information on the new M-DISC Blu-ray discs, but the standard DVDs cost around $30 for a pack of 10, so we won’t be paying extortionate amounts of cash just to create a digital time capsule.