NIST funds four optical-data-storage development projects

Oct. 1, 1995
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently funded four proposals based on digital optical data storage.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently funded four proposals based on digital optical data storage. One proposal is development of a read-write optical-tape storage technology by LOTS Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, CA). The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) funding is $1.95 million, constituting 68% of budget for the two-year project. Another project involves design of an optical-tape-based data-storage technology capable of recording the contents of the Library of Congress in a tabletop system. The five-year effort is being conducted by an eight-company consortium that includes Terabank Systems Inc. (Campbell, CA), Xerox Corp. (El Segundo, CA), Polaroid Corp. (Cambridge, MA), and NASA (Greenbelt, MD). The estimated $23.3 million project received $11.5 million in ATP funding. The other two optical-data-storage proposals involve development of a high-capacity optical disk (National Storage Industry Consortium, San Diego, CA) and a project to commercialize high-density optical storage with low-cost materials and manufacturing techniques (Optex Communications Corp., Rockville, MD).

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