Coin-Sized Chip Can Store 360TB Data for 14 Billion Years

Want to save your data for a long time? Like virtually forever?

Current storage mediums offer limited lifespan for your data, and they’re usually destined to fail within some years.

But fret no more. This is about to change because researchers have managed to increase the storage and lifespan of such mediums using quartz glass. The new quartz tech can store 360 terabytes of data for 14 billion years!

And did we mention all this is possible in a coin-sized chip?

What Makes This Possible?

Previously, quartz glass was capable of storing data for a span of 300 million years. Now the researchers at the Southampton University in UK have enhanced the nano-structure technology using a femtosecond laser.

The quartz glass discs are etched (the data is written on the discs) with this laser in a microstructure about five microns tall, with each pulse creating a series of three lasers.

By passing another pulse of polarized light passing through the discs, the massive treasure trove of data is revealed.

The Significance of ‘Immortal Storage’

The significance of this invention can be understood by having a perspective of time as we know it:

  • The age of the universe is 13.82 billion years
  • the age of the Earth is 4.54 billion years
  • The forecasted life of Earth is 7.9 billion years

So its quite clear that this small glass disc will be able to save data for forever.

‘Superman Memory Crystal’

The device is being called “the Superman memory crystal” by the university. One sliver of quartz can store 360 terabytes of data.

The storage functionality of this device makes it a 5D (dimension) storage device. These include the three dimensions of space, which are necessary to describe the physical location of the dot, and two additional dimensions that are encoded by the polarity and intensity of the beam that creates the dot.

The quartz can withstand 154 degree Celsius, which makes it fairy durable.

Just imagine, a nice big warehouse full of these disks, buried deep underground with all the thermal protection in the world. It can serve as a time capsule for the entire human race, hosting all data we’ve ever created and ever will.


  • Ali_Amjad

    Seriously amazing. loved the last line “Just imagine, a nice big warehouse full of these disks, buried deep underground with all the thermal protection in the world. It can serve as a time capsule for the entire human race, hosting all data”
    it can be a theme of sci-fi movie :)

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  • Khan

    “up to 14 billion years”

    ‘up to’, you know, those weasle words that marketers use. Could last 1 year, could last 13.9 billion. Who knows?!

    • Muhammed Ovais Alam

      Minimum clause should be added.
      It would be like minimum 1 hour maximum 13.9 billion years.

  • Hassan Raza

    wow

  • CozYolo

    In other news i learned this

    In the late 1990s, a Dutch electronics technician named Romke Jan Berhnard Sloot announced the development of the Sloot Digital Coding System, a revolutionary advance in data transmission that, he claimed, could reduce a feature-length movie down to a filesize of just 8KB. The decoding algorithm was 370MB, and apparently Sloot demonstrated this to Philips execs, dazzling them by playing 16 movies at the same time from a 64KB chip. After getting a bunch of investors, he mysteriously died on September 11, 1999, two days before he was scheduled to hand over the source code. After his death a key piece of the technology, a compiler stored on a floppy disk, had disappeared and despite months of searching was never recovered.

    It seems like we already have the technology to either create high capacity disk or to re-organize huge data onto a mere few MB. The only thing standing between the tech and consumers are the greedy corporate heads who want to milk us in any way possible by introducing tech at a snail’s pace.

    http://www.tested.com/science/weird/489527-9-lost-inventions-could-come-handy-today/item/sloot-digital-coding-system/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Sloot

  • Oralover Odeveloper

    yeah, i read it and it remind me an article (2004) in which a man made engine which run on Water and when he published his article he arrested for SOME REASONS for long time… petroleum and pharmaceutical companies are interested in making money, the same thing happen every where now-a-days, not only our politicians and others are corrupted most of the whole world is on the same line.