April 16, 2004

CDs made of paper and corn

Some interesting news out today from Sony and Sanyo, who are making disks from paper and corn, respectively. The best part, while being environmentally friendly, the new Sony CDs will hold up to 25Gb per disk!

The key to Sony's capacity is the use of lasers that emit a blue beam instead of a red beam, allowing data to be packed tighter on the disk. I remember talking with a rep from a CD drive manufacturer back in the very late 80's, and he claimed then that the blue lasers would see some incredible breakthroughs when they hit the market in 'a few years'. Good to know there's finally some light at the end of the tunnel...

Posted by Jim at April 16, 2004 12:48 PM | TrackBack