General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs, reports the New York Times. The storage advance, which GE is announcing April 27, is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices. But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage, with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific, and consumer markets. "This could be the next generation of low-cost storage," said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm. The promising work by the GE researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1s and 0s of digital data as well…

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