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Due to the increasing demands of medical-imaging, scientific, and remote-sensing applications, optical-storage systems are striving to rival their hard-disk-drive counterparts in terms of storage capacity, rewriteability, and speed.

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Due to the increasing demands of medical-imaging, scientific, and remote-sensing applications, optical-storage systems are striving to rival their hard-disk-drive counterparts in terms of storage capacity, rewriteability, and speed. To minimize cost, optical-memory media and drive manufacturers are incorporating multiple layers and surface-array recording techniques into a number of optical formats, including CD, magneto-optical, and DVD.

Companies and trends
www.disktrend.com
Although it has phased out its series of market-research programs, the Disk/Trend (Mountain View, CA) Web site contains useful information on CD-ROM, DVD, and optical cards. In addition, you'll find links to storage-industry Web pages, including trade, professional, educational, government, and market-research organizations, and listings of rigid, flexible, and optical-disk-drive manufacturers.

Digital versatile disks
www.dvdforum.org
Supporting the DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM formats, the DVD Forum (Tokyo, Japan) is an association of hardware manufacturers, software firms, and developers of digital versatile disks. Created for exchanging and disseminating ideas and information about DVD formats and their technical capabilities, this site features news, technology, promotional events, FAQs, and an events calendar.

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Optical education
www.osta.org
The Optical Storage Association (Santa Barbara, CA), n international trade association dedicated to promoting use of writeable optical technology, site features membership information and technical FAQs. It also includes technology roadmaps, white papers, published articles, and technical specifications.

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Information storage
is.pennnet.com/home.cfm
A PennWell publication, InfoStor magazine also serves the information storage industry with a Web site. This site features news, business information, technical news, conference reports, and feature-length articles.

Storage search
www.storagesearch.com
Applied Computer Science Ltd. (ADSL; Baughurst, Tadley, England) is an independent publisher and market researcher that covers enterprise storage markets. Storagesearch, the company's storage portal, offers information on a range of optical storage topics, including articles, white papers, company information, market research, military storage, and interfacing standards.

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Optical information
itpapers.com
Claiming to be the Yellow Pages of White Papers, Itpapers (Newton, MA) features links to more than 30,000 white papers. A free service, Itpapers also enables visitors to find links to summaries and visitor reviews. Optical-memory subjects included on the site discuss topics relating to CD and DVD standards, jukeboxes, magnetic-optical and network-attached storage devices, and storage-management systems.

OTHER OPTICAL-STORAGE WEB SITES
www.hitachi.com/storage
www.products.storage.hp.com
www.storage.ibm.com
www.panasonic.com
www.pioneerelectronics.com
www.pinnaclemicro.com
www.research.philips.com/technologies/optstor.html
www.plasmon.com
www.sony.com
www.toshiba.com
www.usbyte.com

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