EU FP7 Projects on Memory Technologies
Our economy is more and more driven by content and leverged by high performance, cost-effective hardware and storage. Today people collect create and share more and more digital information. Very high-definition video and social networking will fuel the storage demand further.
Optical memories are one of the most successful data storage technologies, economically and technically. In 2007, around 700 million optical disc drives and 36 billion discs have been manufactured. Optical memories ideally combine media removability, media longevity, random access, lowest costs and are today the ominant consumer storage format for content distribution and archival.
However, the conventional bit recording technology (like BD and HD-DVD) has been pushed already close to its practicallimits. To further increase the effective data density several technologies exist: multi-layer, optical super resolution, opticl near-field technologies, Super-RENS (SUPER Resolution Near-field Structure) and advanced channel modulation/coding. The next generation optical storage systems for practical application in 3+ ears from today will likely be provided by a mixture of these evolving and future technologies.
The objective of this projectis to investigate the above mentioned technologies and their combination. Specifi key components such as µ-SIL, laser spot confinement optics cross talk cancellation, advanced methods for modulation and coding and stampers and layer structures for read-only and rewritable discs will be developed.
Coordinator: DEUTSCHE THOMSON OHG, Germany
Partners:IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE, United Kingdom; COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE, France; TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT, Netherlands; UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL, Switzerland; OBDUCAT TECHNOLOGIES AB, Sweden