Sony’s New Cassette Tapes Can Hold Up To 185 TB of Data

Sony's New Cassette Tapes Can Hold Up To 185 TB of Data(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Sony Corporation has unveiled its new storage product that is capable of holding up to 185 terabytes (TB) of data.

With the help of IBM, Sony has utilized magnetic tape to create a storage tape that holds 148GB per square inch, the equivalent to 3,700 Blu-ray discs, BBC reports.

“This newly developed magnetic tape technology uses sputter deposition, a type of vacuum thin film forming technology, to generate multiple layers of crystals with a uniform orientation on a polymer film with thickness of less than 5 micrometers,” says Sony’s press release.

“This new media was shown to achieve the world’s highest areal recording density of 148 Gb/in2, equivalent to approximately 74 times the capacity of conventional coated tape media for data storage.”

Storage tapes are cheaper and more efficient that using data centers, however, they do take more time to retrieve data from due to the fact that the data can only be accessed in the order it was written in.

Sony and IBM introduced this technology at the international magnetics conference on May 4th in Dresden, Germany.

Last month Sony announced that they were working on Panasonic on the Archival Disc, a storage disc that is capable of holding up to 1TB of data.