The world may be nearing the introduction of the first commercially viable solution that DNA can use to store data.
The catalog, which bills itself as the world’s first DNA-based platform for massive storage of digital data, recently raised $ 10 million in funding. This brought the man on board who directed the commercialization of the IBM Deep Blue Supercomputerswhich earned a place in popular tech folklore after defeating then world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.
With the company’s new device called Shannon, the English full-text version of Wikipedia ̵
The ultimate goal of such a process would be to produce a storage medium with a durability measured in hundreds of years and the ability to store over a million GB of data in a device the size of a sugar cube (10mm x 10mm x 10mm).
This equates to a data density of an exabyte per cubic centimeter, several orders of magnitude better than even the most dense commercial media currently available (probably 1 TB) microSD cards).
Right now, the biggest barriers to mass adoption are size (Shannon is the size of a family kitchen), price (unknown at the time of writing, but likely on the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars), and typing speed (a 10Mbps pedestrian ). .
According to the catalog, the technology can store compressed data of up to 1.6 TB (200 GB) in one pass without specifying the compression ratio. 10 Mbps is 1.25 Mbps and writing 1 TB would take 800,000 seconds, or almost 10 days.