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The present information and propositions constitute a peaceful shield of magnetic data storage products due to occasional illegal attacks from fuel smugglers. A reluctance of the fuels industry to be consistent with the Electric Power Production From Magnetic Tapes innovation (PPS project) is the point.

Author's Name:  Basil Dimitropoulos
Greece  –  Balkans  –  Europe
Copyright © 2004 - 2017

Recently, there are some new Digital Video Recorders on the marketplace, with built-in hard disc and DVD recorder (either DVD-R or DVD-RAM). In these devices, the hard disc records TV programs up to many hours and the DVD option is for selected passage, if the User wants to retain a part of the HDD contents. Although the DVD capacities of 4.7 or 17 GB are considered obsolete for the needs of High Resolution Digital TV, the magnetic media industry should be careful. The fuel smugglers can attack to tape cartridges at any time.

The new HD-DVD and blu-ray DVD, which are based on the blue laser beam technology of Optical Storage Industry, offer storage capacities of the order decades of GigaBytes, like some of the today's hard disc drives, although the blue laser DVD-ROM & rewritable DVDs are not compatible with the today's red laser DVD players & DVD-ROM drives. But the blue laser DVD recorders could technically read the today's red laser DVDs. However, the advantage of the optical media is the removability, not the storage capacity since the prospects of the Hard Disc Drives Industry appear storage capacities of the order TeraBytes over the next years.

On the other hand, the Semiconductors Industry approached RAM chips of order GigaBytes and later, of the order decades of GigaBytes. This means that when the RAM chips price (with storage capacity of the order decades of GigaBytes) is going to be as low as the today's price of 2 GB RAM chips, then, the optical storage media would face a strong competition from the semiconductors technology – the RAM chips would utilize thin flat PPS as power supply solution for information storage of order years.

A different approach of the optical recording technology concerns the Fluorescent Multilayer Disc (FMD), which would offer storage capacities of more than One TeraByte and retrieval rate about One GigaBit per second, combining blue lasers and a hundred of layers. However, there are not yet official discussions about compatibility with other blue ray recording formats.

In addition, the upcoming Memristor Technologies (memory resistors) constitute a BIG threat to the Magnetic Data Storage Corporations. With 20 GigaBytes per Square Centimeter and one tenth write speed of conventional RAM, they are totally unbeatable. The press releases were saying that the memristors would arrive on the Marketplace by 2013.

As long as there is not financial support for the above rewritable optical media (either red or blu-ray DVD-RAM and FMD-RAM) or other competitive technologies such as the Memristors, the Jobs of some Magnetic Storage Companies are Safe.

The proposed business plan for the PPS Investment / Project is peacefully based on the perception that the Thermomechanics Industry should not control the World for ever. There are several reasons ranging from Environmental Impacts and Peak Oil Supply, up to New Geopolitical Needs for Successful Cooperation between the West and Muslims Civilization. Besides, the phase change technology of the optical recording media was funded by the fuels industry before 1997, when there was not this web site. Nowadays, the technological threat for the magnetic storage media is permanent. So, the Information Storage Industry together with the well-known Computers Industry & Consumer Electronics Industry, should constitute a Communication Bridge between Countries with different Culture, considering that:

1.  The Growing of Information Societies and social media in developed & developing countries, offers People the ability to exchange information easily & cheaply through the Internet – see press release. This ability can drive to the taking of legal initiatives for a Jobs Transformation Act, which will take us to the PPS Age.
2.  The Air-Pollution Impacts (Breathing Problems, Global Warming, Climate Changes etc), due to internal combustion engines, require safe and clean energy sources even though some meteorologists say that the greenhouse effect is due to natural reasons (reduced cloud cover, volcanos' activities, solar / stellar radiation rise etc) or even agricultural activities before the Industrial Revolution! The point is that the today's Thermal Transportation Means along with Electric Power Industry, which generally utilizes coal or oil power plants, are responsible for almost all the gas emissions which either overheat the planet or deprive our clean air, resulting in undoubted respiratory diseases.
3.  The soaring electric power demand requires occasional power grid upgrades (additional transmission lines) for blackouts prevention, across all the countries. These upgrades raise controversial environmental concerns with the Health Issues of high-voltage transmission lines (leukaemia cases), while the new zoning plans imply very high land / property costs.
4.  The Digital TV requires removable digital recording / storage solutions. The digital VCR, which is occasionally proposed as recording solution by some Consumer Electronics Corporations, offers VHS compatibility and investment protection from the initial purchase. Any reliability issues due to its helical scan format and complication are counterbalanced by the today's Need for anti-piracy measures. The alternate victories between DVD hackers and anti-copy protection systems are never-ending (human issue, as our Society stands today) – while the legal issues are now chaotic.

Moreover, the Digital & Analogue TV broadcastings through satellites diversity can result in an amicable combination of Hybrid Digital Video Recorder, consisting of: HDD, D-VHS and DVD recorder that records only to DVD-Rs. The advantage of such a system consists in three things:
I. The hard disk records TV programmes for many hours.
II. The D-VHS cassette is for exchanging of TV programmes, in digital VHS format (VHS compatible), as the standard removable and rewritable solution. The piracy of intellectual properties through VHS is not considered attractive today.
III. The DVD-ROM (either red or blu-ray) preserves good memories, originating from Flash memory cards, camcorders or conventional video tapes. In this case, the DVD burner verifies the optical medium to be DVD-R (not RAM or RW). At the same time, the digital piracy becomes hard work, given that only one copy mistake (from protected DVDs) renders the DVD-R useless.

An additional advantage of the D-VHS has to do with the ease and speed that the digital content is transferred from the HDD to the cassette. If it was DVD recorder, we would need more than 7 minutes to transfer an 1-hour TV programme (high-quality MPEG2 of today's resolution) from the HDD to the DVD-RW, if the medium was capable to be recorded at 8x speed than normal.

In other words, the D-VHS recorder can act as a common tape drive of helical scan format – an equivalent FF mode allows the HDD data to be transferred fast, while the reproduction process is related to the amount of data that corresponds with the selected compression mode. So, if a User has selected the high-quality mode (fitting), the amount of data which is necessary for a 4-hour HD (High Definition) TV programme will be transferred to the D-VHS cassette in some minutes. Thus, for TV programmes exchanging or any other temporary data storage (including off-line data back-up), the D-VHS is the ideal solution.

For DTV professionals, a more reliable removable solution might be necessary, that means Digital VCR of longitudinal recording format based on either DLT drives or Linear Tape Open (LTO) technology. However, a backward compatibility between helical scan and linear format is impossible. But the superior storage capacity is an issue. The LTO Ultrium format already offers storage capacity of more than One TeraByte, in comparison with the today's 50 GigaBytes of one DF-480 D-VHS cassette. The O-Mass Technology is also a strong candidate for Digital Television Applications.

In the near future, there is a number of changes that may take place in the data storage marketplace. These changes concern a foreseeable growing in capacity of Flash memory cards, which do not require external power sources for data retention. According to Moore's Law, about in 2020, the Flash memories will hold 32 GigaBytes with the today's retail price of 2 GigaBytes. Such GB capacities allow a 4-hour recording of high resolution video and Hi-Fi sound quality, without any drivers or mechanical parts (unlike the today's cartridges or DVDs).

Although it will take some years beyond 2020, in order for 32 GB Flash cards or equivalent mini USB hard drives to drop their price at video-cassette levels, it is more than obvious that the Music and Movie Industry will have to face an uncontrolled situation regarding the piracy or privacy issues. In such cases, the lower cost 32 GB RAM chips with thin flat PPS could constitute the only alternative option for accommodation of piracy and privacy problems – the magnetic RAM, which is believed to replace the SDRAM or DDR RAM, does not solve the piracy problem. For equivalent capacities, the RAM chips are always cheaper than EEPROM chips (in which the Flash memory is based). Hence, on-chip safeguard solutions could be implemented for piracy prevention and thus, power supplies are required for uninterrupted safeguards operation, including RF signals transmission or any other acceptable buzzer.

Of course, NEITHER the memristors NOR the today's MPEG4 flash chips solve the piracy problem.

In any case, the Cinemas or the Pictures Industry in general, should avoid a squeeze situation like the VHS raid in the middle '80s. At least, the dolby surround and multi-plex facilities allowed later some cinema businesses to survive from the home entertainment competition. But what if had all the Consumers the ability to easily exchange digital content without any limitation? It would certainly be a Mess Situation for the entertainment businesses, including the DVD offerings (game titles for consoles among others) that electronics companies themselves make!

On the other side, many people believe that the Music Industry should reduce the CDs' retail price at 6-7 dollars maximum. In this way, the Consumers would prefer to buy original CDs (instead of piratical) because of the better sound quality sometimes and, confidence that the CD product is reliable. Some renowned musicians have said that they perceive the CD as a promotion tool for their Concerts (guaranteed audience) and the Internet offers unlimited advertising (including variations of the same song so that fans can tell what they like best). But the young (unknown) musicians need to be paid for their work, while the cinema industry and film distribution companies may not have the margins to reduce their prices for video products (especially new film productions).

After the Assaults against United States, the fuels industry may benefit by some underhand means such as occasional lawsuits between magnetic storage companies or data storage divisions of electronics' industries. Such cases were among others the disputes of Imation Corp, Quantum Corporation or StorageTek for violation of anti-trust laws, inappropriate usage of trade secrets or patents infringement. Such events do not benefit the magnetic storage industry, because they may drive in turmoils about the magnetic media reliability like the 1997-98 war against the magnetic data storage products. These scenarios result in industry defamation and, sequentially, any trade secrets of the magnetic media could become useless.

On the other hand, almost all the Industries are occasionally facing such problems but because of the fuels industry yearns for shake off the magnetic recording media, only for this reason, the magnetic data storage industry must have sound front. Officially, the fuel companies necessarily have custom relations with the magnetic storage companies, in order to meet their data storage needs.

Regarding the floodings of Thailand in 2011, where the most production of hard drives is, the digital piracy watchdogs MUST BE in alertness due to the "replacement" with solid state disks (SSDs) such as the flash memories. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) of the 1998, is an activation example. Moreover, the artificial flood (on behalf of the fuels industry), is a Legal Investigation Issue.

 
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