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NEW NANOTECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE FUTURE DIGITAL DATA STORAGE PROBLEMS



By Michael E. Thomas
CEO/President/Chairman of Colossal Storage Corporation



My invention and patents on a technique for changing matter at the molecular level is one of the World's only new enabling technologies, having many hundreds of electro-optic applications, a few of which are discussed in this article.

Atomic Holographic Nanotechnology will allow for the first time a functional method for programmable molecular lenses that will allow incoming light to be rejected, modified internally, or allowed to pass unaltered through a transparent lens known as disk, tape, card, drum, film, etc.

By being able to program optical lenses, many applications based on light and color can be developed, such as holographic storage, bio-terror detection devices, optical electronics, security products, and hundreds of other products never seen before on the world's markets.

I invented and patented the world's first and only concept for non-contact UV photon induced electric field poling of ferroelectric non-linear photonic bandgap crystals, which offers the possibility of controlling and manipulating light within a UV/Deep Blue frequency of 1 nm to 400 nm.

Michael E. Thomas - electromagnetic spectrum

The small size of ferroelectric transparent structures makes it possible to fabricate nano-optical devices, such as volume holographic storage, having both positive and negative index of refraction that will allow molecular particles of an atomic size to be modified, controlled, and changed to perform a specific function, desired task, used for low cost accurate chemical / biological matter detection, and reprogrammed to accept new non-volatile data and molecular functions.

Michael E. Thomas - Optical Density Roadmap



One 10 terabyte to 100 terabyte 3.5 in FEdisk would be EQUAL to a 10,000 to 100,000 Gigabyte disk drive. That's greater 1,000 times any State of the Art hard disk technology with 100 Gigabytes on one disk. 2 EXABYTES of NEW data is generated every year world wide, and growing.

Background of the Storage Industry and the Need for Storage

As the inventor of Atomic Volume Holographic Optical Storage and a 30 year pioneer in the development of peripheral storage technologies, I am the holder of various patents, which Colossal Storage Corporation has licensed.

Michael E. Thomas

In 1974 I was making 5 Megabyte disk packs - the biggest at that time in the world. At the same time, IBM, Burroughs, Honeywell, and other Computer professionals said no one would ever need that much storage.

In 1989 Bill Gates (the Chairman of Microsoft) said that the personal computer would never need more than 256 kbytes of cache memory and 40 megabytes of hard drive storage. Today's PC has on average 64 megabytes of cache and 20 to 60 gigabyte hard drives.

As you can see, from a humble beginning data storage has grown considerably in size, and all market data points to its continued growth annually at > 30 %, while some predict data storage doubling every 4 months.

The need for new storage technology is evident to only to those having backgrounds in data storage. The obvious reasons are that the primary source of cheap storage has been the 2D Area hard drives for the last 40 years, IE: 2D Area Technology is technology that only allows the peripheral device to read/write the surface of the disk, tape, card, or drum (x,y).

Michael E. Thomas - technologies roadmap

Present Day Data Storage Technology

Hard drives of today will be reaching their paramagnetic limit - or maximum data storage capacity - in the next few years. Hard drives also write and read data in a serial format, I.E.: they write and read data one bit at a time. The maximum data transfer rate of a hard drive read/write head is approximately 320 megabits/sec. Hard drives are also energy inefficient, and the data storage farms using them were responsible for major power cost overrun problems in the State of California in 2001.

As the Internet continues to grow and more people come to use computers, an integral part of successful growth lies with the peripheral data storage drive.

Some future concerns are being addressed by new DVD, RW/DVD, Blu-Ray etc., but here again we are addressing a 2D Area Storage technology that is in most cases a write-once read-many-times or limited write-read many times RW/DVD.

Here again, due to 2D Area technology, we haven't advanced the bandwidth requirements for future computer users. DVD / Blu-Ray optical technology is a stepping-stone till the Holy Grail of Storage - Rewritable 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage - starts to come on the market in the next 3 to 5 years.

Michael E. Thomas - IBM Roadmap

Data Storage Problems on the Horizon

Data capacities at universities, corporate research facilities, biological research, and data banks are seeing demands continue to challenge the need for faster, bigger, and cheaper storage.

Stanford Linear Accelerator said their storage in first three months of 2002 was 30 terabytes, and predicts at the end of the year their basic research will require >3 petabytes of fast online storage.

Genetics research can take >500 terabytes of storage, according to industry researchers; Oracle the largest data base company predicts data storage to become critical in the years ahead unless new better technology is created.

Future Data Storage Technology

It took me 14 years to find a practical conceptualization that would work to advance the storage industry; 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage Nanotechnology, for which I hold the patents.

Michael E. Thomas - Defraction Efficiency

IBM, Lucent, Bell Labs, Philipps, US Government and US Military looked at ferroelectrics, Lithium Niobate and other molecules, but the method of their physics masked the true operation and capabilities of ferroelectrics.

They gave up, saying ferroelectrics couldn't be used. IBM and others used 2 laser photons - one for data and one for reference, the modulation frequency a lot like an AM or FM radio.

The problem they didn't see was they were storing data in the electrons. This makes the ferroelectric data destructive readout (data is destroyed when read), slow and unreliable.

Colossal Storage Theory of Operation of Patented Technology

I gave up two times because I was not able to work thru a concept of non-volatile, non-destructive readout. I finally had a break thru when reviewing Einstein/Plank and Niels Bohr Atomic Theories.

I found that by using an Ultra Violet Photon and an Electric Field it was possible, theoretically, to use the electrons (write current) to make the binary state molecule transition back and forth between the two states. The "Atomic Switch" was born.

The concept of an atomic or molecular switch by "Photon/Laser Induced Electric Field Poling" existed. By using UV photons of lesser quantum energy it was possible to use diffraction and interference from the binary states of the molecule.

Michael E. Thomas - Atomic Switch

The changing state of the molecule and the diffracted photons allowing for a group of light and dark lines to be characterized as data. 3D Volume means reading and writing billions of bits at one time in Volume (x,y,z).

Research and Development Unknowns

What is the optimum ferroelectric ceramic crystal molecule for UV/blue laser diode frequency and quantum energy needed to cause electron movement from valence to conduction band?

Michael E. Thomas
This schematic shows the principle of ferroelectric ram. an ion in the lattice is permanently polarized in either the '0' or '1' position for binary memory.

Michael E. Thomas
Schematic level diagram of ultraviolet photo refraction effects in ferroelectric.

  • What is the necessary field strength to cause electron movement in ferroelectric molecule to allow ferroelectric perovskite dipole switching?
  • What is the optimum head to media spacing?
  • What is the minimum and maximum linear or radial velocity of the media to head?
  • What is the optimum read non-destruct laser UV/blue frequency and quantum energy?
  • What is the angle of the 2nd read laser UV led?
  • What are the light/photon characteristics of diffraction, refraction, luminescence, reflection, etc. from/to the ferroelectric ceramic crystal molecule?
  • What are the characteristic of the photo diode and the mosfet read components?
  • What is the maximum track densities, 100,000 and higher?
  • What are the possibilities for complex encrypted multiple bit storage?
  • Is MOCVD the best way to deposit ferroelectric perovskite molecules on a substrate of glass, metal, ceramic, or plastic?
  • What type of binder and overcoat is needed?
  • What conditions will need to be optimized for spindle motor noise?
  • What type of air dynamics for media enclosure, pressures, exotic air mixtures needed?
  • What are the maximum allowable temp, shock, humidity ranges?
  • What is the maximum signal to noise ratio and is it possible to go further than 200 Terabits sq.in or 40,000 Terabits cu. cm?
  • What is the maximum sustained burst data transfer rates?

These and hundreds of other questions come to mind for this new and fascinating atomic holographic optical storage.

This is why Colossal Storage calls the FeDrive the New Frontier, since most of the questions about today's magnetic storage technology were answered many decades ago.

Present day magnetic storage technology is destined to be obsolete due to the paramagnetic boundary limit. Colossal Storage has created a revolutionary concept to keep pace with requirements of mass data storage, for the next millennium.

Advantage of Rewritable Atomic Holographic Optical Disk Drive Storage

Colossal Storage wants its 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage to be an "all in one" storage solution replacing Ram, Rom, DRAM, Ovonic, Flash, 2D Optical Drives, Tape Drives, and Hard Drives for "all in one" complete system hardware storage requirements.

  • New novel storage media - Ferroelectric Molecular Holographic Optical
  • New novel integrated semiconductor FE Read/Write Head
  • New novel recording using UV/Blue Laser Diode and electric field transducer
  • Potential bit density far exceeding present/future drive technology
  • Extremely Fast Switch Sub nanosecond State Change
  • Extremely High Read and Write Data Transfer Rates
  • Extended Temperature Range
  • No Altitude Requirements
  • Dense Packed Crystallis with densities >200 Tbits/sq.in.
  • 8 cents per Gigabyte versus Hard Drives cost of $ 1.00 cents Gigabyte
  • 1 10 Terabyte Removable Rewritable Fedisk will be $ 45
  • 1 10 Terabyte Fedisk = 20,000 DVD's or 4,000 Blu-Ray
  • Download 6,840 raw uncompressed TV Hours
  • Initial cost per gigabyte be greater than hard drives to recapture R&D expenses
  • No Power Requirements for Media - Non Volatile Media
  • Much higher sales margins for media, heads, and drive than data storage

Michael E. Thomas - Multimedia Object Size

Hundreds of Other Technologies Will Be Enabled By The Atomic Switch

The Photon/Laser Induced Electric Field Poling Theory has many other nanophotonic or nanomolecular uses:

  • 3D Holographic Interactive Multimedia Storage Tablet
  • Multiple different boot operating systems on common CPU platform Holographic Storage
  • 2D/3D Holographic Disk/Card/Drum Storage
  • 2D/3D Holographic Disk/Card/Drum VCR
  • 2D/3D Holographic Disk/Card/Drum Camera/Photography
  • 2D/3D Holographic Xerography and Maskless Lithography Tool
  • Programmable UV/deep blue Laser Photon Emitter Source
  • 3D Holographic Murals and Window Glass of any size for home, office, museum, skyscraper, and movie theatres
  • 3D Holographic programmable camouflage coatings and programmable stealth photonic invisibility screens
  • Programmable Holographic nanoSwitch for High Speed Bidirection Optical Transmission & Receiver Telecommunications
  • 2D Programmable MEMS nanooptical reflective switches
  • 2D/3d Programmable nanomotors, nanoconveyors, nanoneedles, nanopipes for fluid control
  • 2D/3D Holographic Programmable nanoWiring
  • 2D/3D photonic optical NLO crystal nanotransistor to densities > 40,000 tera-transitors/cu.cm. HP , Intel , and IBM
  • Anthrax and other molecules bioparticle detection and classification
  • Ferroelectrically Nanocontrolled Biological Particle/Molecule
  • 2D/3D Holographic nanoIntegrated Circuit Photolithography for rewritable in circuit reformation fabrication of existing nanocircuits
  • 2D/3D Photonic/Molecular/Atomic nanoSwitches for Broadband Telecommunications
  • 2D/3D nanoLight Valves and nanoRelays
  • Precision Reprogrammable Holographic nanoLenses
  • Programmable Holographic Color Filters for UV light, etc.
  • Holographic Storage for the Film Industry and other Copyrighted sources for Absolute Protection from IT Theft
  • Quantum Molecular Computing

Michael E. Thomas, CEO/President/Chairman of Colossal Storage Corporation. The inventor of rewritable ferroelectric molecular optical storage nanotechnology, Michael is a 30 year pioneer in the development of many data storage technologies. He saw NanoTechnology as a new frontier in biological science, electronics, medicine, military, space, transportation, telecommunications, physics, chemistry, and hundreds of other sciences and business. He then patented a unique nanoprocess that would be the next industrial revolution and used his background in storage to facilitate the advancement of his NanoTechnology concepts, the theory of UV photon induced electric field poling of ferroelectric binary dipole dielectric NLO optical molecules. 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage NanoTechnology is now under research and development.