iVDR – 200Gbps media transfer

24 March 2007 No Comment

The Information Versatile Disk for Removable Usage (better known as the less awkward-sounding iVDR) is a standard for removable hot-swappable hard drives. Each hard drive comes packaged in a cartridge that can be swapped out of one device and inserted into another. OK, not exactly media streaming, more a high-tech version of Sneakernet but with capacities of 250GB and upwards, it enables the fast transfer of a lot files.

iVDR is another new standard, so again there aren’t many devices that currently support it, but the new Hitachi Wooo HD-TV is one such device. The idea is for you to plug your cartridge into your Wooo to watch your videos, and then take it out again and plug it into your Personal Media Player when you want to go outside (and with 250GB of video to watch, you can go outside for a long time before you need to come back again!).

Moving a 250GB cartridge from one device to another will give you an effective data rate of 200Gbps (assuming it takes 10 seconds to swap the disk over), which is orders of magnitude faster than current home network technology, and so iDVR offers the fastest data rate of them all.

However, although suitable for the extremely large file sizes of HD-TV content, it’s a cumbersome method of data transfer, and it won’t be long before home network speeds catch up so that transferring large amounts of HD-TV content becomes a non-issue. Personally, I expect iVDR to have a very short shelf-life.

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