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Posted By: Amos
03-Dec-04 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: BS: Whats the Holes in CD's for then?
Subject: RE: BS: Whats the Holes in CD's for then?
Kevin:

From one of the How Do They Work links up above:

"A CD has a single spiral track of data, circling from the inside of the disc to the outside. The fact that the spiral track starts at the center means that the CD can be smaller than 4.8 inches (12 cm) if desired, and in fact there are now plastic baseball cards and business cards that you can put in a CD player. CD business cards hold about 2 MB of data before the size and shape of the card cuts off the spiral.

What the picture on the right does not even begin to impress upon you is how incredibly small the data track is -- it is approximately 0.5 microns wide, with 1.6 microns separating one track from the next. (A micron is a millionth of a meter.) And the bumps are even more miniscule..."


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