MAY 31st, 2005
InPhase Closes $32.1 Million For 300 Gbyte Disk Drive
InPhase Technologies, a company that has developed a holographic data storage drive and
associated disk drive media, has closed a $32.1 million Series C round. Investors included Bayer MaterialScience AG, a company
that has a vested interest in the development of polymers for optical data storage, Nanotech Partners Ltd., which is focused
on nanotechnology investments, as well as ALPS Information Technology Fund LP, Hitachi Maxell Ltd., Japan Asia Investment
Co., New Venture Partners LLC and Yasuda Enterprise Development Co.
The funds will be used for the final commercialization stage of
InPhase's holographic data storage drive and media. The company's first product has a capacity of 300 gigabytes and data transfer
rate of 20 megabytes per second.
Nelson Diaz, CEO of InPhase commented about the recent demonstration
of their product and the market interest, ."The recent public demonstration by InPhase of the world's first commercial holographic
drive prototype validated our technical leadership in the holographic data storage market. Now, with the commitment and support
of our investors, we have funds to move from technology leadership to commercial leadership. The tremendous interest in the
InPhase Tapestry product from the professional video community at the recent National Association of Broadcasters convention
was extremely positive and confirmed the insatiable demand for a secure archive solution for digital media assets."
Bayer MaterialScience AG and InPhase as part of a joint development
agreement will further develop the critical storage media. The storage media was developed at Bell Labs, of which InPhase
is a spin off , over a period of seven years. The data, unlike conventional disk drive storage, is stored throughout the volume
of the disk drive media, as opposed to just the surface - giving it the disk drive its ultra high storage capacity. The disk
drive also obtains its high data capacity through the use of advanced lens technology and a spatial light modulator, which
converts digital data streams of ones and zeros to a pattern of light and dark pixels.
The Tapestry disk drive is expected to arrive in the market in 2006.
APRIL 21, 2005
As a signal that STMicroelectronics is well established as a provider
of 90 nanometer based technology, the company indicates that it has implemented, verified and fabricated its MIPHY (Multi-Interface
PHY) Physical Layer interface IP Core with 90 nanometer process technology. The milestone prepares the company for the migration
of all its SoC products to 90 nm from 130 nm later in the year.
The MIPHY macro-cell solution permits one disk drive chip to support
multiple types of disk drives, enabling disk drive companies to eliminate the need to carry inventories of different types
of disk controller chips. The macro-cell supports Fibre Channel, PCI Express, SATA and SCSI interface standards. The design
also includes a Time-Base Generator based on a harmonic Phase Locked Loop (PLL). The PLL has a jitter specification of less
than 2 picoseconds with high noise rejection.
MARCH 7th, 2005
SCSI Trade Association
Names Vitesse Staff Member to Board of Directors
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation
has announced that David Allen, its director of strategic marketing at its Storage Products Division has been elected to the
SCSI Trade Association Board of Directors.
Agere Systems on See-Saw
Agere Systems for its most recent quarter
saw sequential gains in its storage chip unit, however all of its other segments posted declines. This resulted in a sequentially
quarterly drop in revenue to $410 million from $439 million. This compares to last year, when quarterly revenue was at $516
For its March quarter, Agere sees sales
swinging up or down, somewhere between $400 million to $420 million.