To meet the storage requirements that are growing at an exponential rate, the magneto-optical (MO) storage technology offers the most promise with expected area density over the 100Gbits per square inch in the next 5 to 10 years. The partners of the MAMMOSIL project (4 industrials, 1 university and 1 research centre) have decided to take part in the MO emerging technologies by developing a high-density MAMMOS (Magnetic Amplifying Magneto-Optical System) media. This project will allow the European companies to follow the MO technological roadmap through the development of a high-density MAMMOS disc and related prototype drive, working at blue wavelength and high numerical aperture optics to achieve 40Gbytes on a 120 diameter disc, and investigation of a very high-density MAMMOS disc for near-field optical system, based on the emerging Solid Immersion Lens (SIL) technology, to achieve the expected 100Gbytes on a 120 diameter disc in the next 6years.
The MAMMOSIL project includes two main technical steps :
The MAMMOSIL consortium involves : optical storage disc manufacturer, optical recording systems manufacturer, University skilled in magnetic and optical date storage simulations, Research Centre skilled in optical data storage technologies, optical disc testing equipment manufacturer, Substrate mastering equipment manufacturer.
|List of participants:||
Toptica Photonics Ag (GERMANY)|
Deutsche Thomson-Brandt Gmbh (GERMANY)
University of Exeter (UNITED KINGDOM)
LETI, CEA-Grenoble (FRANCE)
Unaxis Nimbus Ltd (UNITED KINGDOM)
November 1st 2001
October 31st 2004