HITACHI: CRYSTAL DATA STORAGE A STEP CLOSER
When I first began writing in this field over a decade ago, I observed that scientists always believed that data could be stored in, or on, crystals, but that it had not yet been achieved(The Giza Death Star Destroyed and The Cosmic War). Science fiction, too, was filled with the idea of "data crystals" that would function as hard memory copy of data much like our current writable CDs and DVDs.
According to phys.org, in Japan, Hitachi is now reporting that it has successfully created quartz slivers that can store data on the medium, and that this medium allows the data to be stored without any significant degradation, almost forever:
What intrigued me here were these comments toward the end of the article, and those familiar with certain esoteric lore will immediately see what piqued my interested:
"Hitachi's new technology stores data in binary form by creating dots inside a thin sheet of quartz glass, which can be read with an ordinary optical microscope. Provided a computer with the know-how to understand that binary is available—simple enough to programme, no matter how advanced computers become—the data will always be readable, Torii said.
"The prototype storage device is two centimetres (0.8 inches) square and just two millimetres (0.08 inches) thick and made from quartz glass, a highly stable and resilient material, used to make beakers and other instruments for laboratory use. The chip, which is resistant to many chemicals and unaffected by radio waves, can be exposed directly to high temperature flames and heated to 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit) for at least two hours without being damaged. It is also waterproof, meaning it could survive natural calamities, such as fires and tsunami."(emphases added)
"(Hitachi) on Monday unveiled a method of storing digital information on slivers of quartz glass that can endure extreme temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading, almost forever."
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