Since the highest reported areal densities for hard disk drive products currently hover in the 1 Tbit/in2 range, we have adopted 2 Tbit/in2 as a milestone likely to generate interest in the technology. The demonstrator is based on an advanced pre-production prototype, and so inherits highly functional electronic, mechanical, and optical subsystems. It employs a high-NA monocular architecture with proven angle-polytopic multiplexing.
The demonstrator design includes several second-generation innovations. The first, dynamic aperture multiplexing, greatly increases the number of multiplexed holograms. The second, the DREDTM medium formulation, provides dramatically higher dynamic range to record these holograms. These two features alone theoretically allow the demonstrator to exceed 2 Tbit/in2. Additionally, it is equipped with the capability of quadrature homodyne detection, permitting phase quadrature multiplexing (QPSK modulation), and the potential to further increase user capacity by a factor of four or more. The demonstrator has thus been designed to achieve densities supporting the multi-terabyte storage capacities required for competitive products, and to demonstrate the potential for Moore’s-Law growth for years to come.