In 1974, Mike Thomas was making five-meg disk packs – the biggest in the world, at the time. But IBM, Burroughs, Honeywell and other major computer makers said no one would ever need that much storage.
In 1989, Bill Gates said a PC would never need more than 256 kbytes of cache memory and 40 megabytes of hard drive storage. And yet today’s PC has on average 64 megabytes of cache and 20 to 60 gigabyte hard drives.
In short, Thomas predicted the need for mega storage systems in 1974, and he’s still at it. In fact, as far as he’s concerned, the need isn’t diminishing – it’s increasing.
The world needs storage capacity. Lots of capacity, he says – which not at all coincidentally also makes possible the development of hundreds of amazing systems.
And that’s why he now runs a company called, appropriately, Colossal Storage.
Imagine a computer with amazing processing power, a 3D display (literally, not figuratively) instant response, able to run every available OS and application at the same time, virtually no power consumption, zero moving parts and complete security – and whose physical component is about the size of a pack of playing cards.
That’s not all.
It would also hold every music CD and movie DVD you ever owned, or will own, and still leave space for not only your family album, but your brother’s, sister’s, aunt’s and uncle’s too.
And no more expensive upgrades. As better designs and firmware became available, you’d simply send the Optocom back to the maker and its holographic circuitry would be re-programmed with new circuits and firmware.
Optocom? It reads like science fiction but it’s short for Optical Computer, and it’s based on firm science fact, says Michael Thomas, inventor of the atomic holographic nanotechnology that will make it possible
And it would only cost about $1,000.
An Optical Computer is, however, only one of the possibilities offered by Atomic Holographic Nanotechnology. It will allow for the first time a functional method for programmable molecular lenses that’ll let incoming light be rejected, modified internally, or pass as-is through a transparent lens – in other words, a disk, tape, card, drum, film, and so on.
A 30-year pioneer in the development of peripheral storage technologies, Thomas already has a long list of patents for his 3D Volume Atomic Holographic Removable Optical Storage NanoTechnology, to name it in full, and an equally long list of systems he’d create using the technology.
Being able to program optical lenses opens the way for a wealth of applications based on light and color – for example holographic storage systems, bio-terror detection devices, optical electronics, security products and hundreds of other products never seen before on world market place.
Thomas’ unique non-contact UV photon induced electric field poling of ferroelectric, non-linear photonic bandgap crystals offers the possibility of controlling and manipulating light within a UV/Deep Blue frequency of 1 nm to 400 nm.
Tiny ferroelectric transparent structures permit the fabrication of nano-optical devices such as volume holographic storage systems with both a positive and negative index of refraction to allow molecular particles of an atomic size to be modified, controlled, and changed to perform a specific function or desired task – such as accurate, but low-cost, chemical / biological matter detection.
And they could be re-programmed to accept new non-volatile data and molecular functions.
The expected cost of an Atomic Holographic DVR disc drive would be $570 to $750 with a replacement discs costing $45.
One 10 terabyte to 100 terabyte 3.5″ FEdisk would be EQUAL to a 10,000 to 100,000 Gigabyte disk drive – and that’s 1,000 times greater any State-of-the-Art hard disk technology with 100 Gigabytes on one disk.
The world will need this kind of capacity given that two exabytes of new data are generated every year, worldwide. And this accumulation of information will never stop.
Below, in an article he wrote for p2pnet, Thomas describes the technology.
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NEW NANOTECHNOLOGY TO SOLVE FUTURE DIGITAL DATA STORAGE PROBLEMS
By Michael E. Thomas – Special to p2pnet.net
From a humble beginning, data storage has grown substantially and all market data point to its continued growth annually at > 30 %, while some predict data storage doubling every 4 months.
The need for new storage technology isn’t evident to anyone except 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 – 2D Area Technology meaning technology that only allows the peripheral device to read/write the surface of the disk, tape, card, or drum (x,y).
Present Day Data Storage Technology
Today’s hard drives will reach their paramagnetic limit or maximum data storage capacity within the next few years.
They write and read data in a serial format – ie, they write and read data one bit at a time. The maximum data transfer rate of a read/write head is about 320 megabits/sec.
Our existing hard drives are also extremely energy inefficient and data storage farms using them were responsible for major power cost overrun problems for California in 2001.
Peripheral data storage drives are an integral part of Digital Data Internet growth as more people around the world come to use computers.
Some of the future concerns are being addressed by new DVD, RW/DVD, Blu-Ray, etc, but here again we’re addressing a 2D Area Storage technology that is in most cases a write once read many times or a limited write read many times RW/DVD.
Because of 2D Area technology limitations, we haven’t advanced the bandwidth requirements for future computer users and the. DVD / Blu-Ray optical technology everyone talks about is hardly more than a stepping-stone to get us to the Holy Grail of Storage – Rewritable 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage, which should starts to appear on the market sometime in the next three to five years.
Data Storage Problems on the Horizon
Data capacities at universities, corporate research facilities, biological research, medical institutions, entertainment industry production areas and data banks are seeing demands continue to challenge the need for faster, bigger, and cheaper storage.
Stanford Linear Accelerator say their storage in first three months of 2002 is 30 terabytes and predicts at end of the year, their basic research will demand >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 will soon become critical unless new, and better, technology is created.
Future Data Storage Technology
As the inventor of 3D Volume Holographic Optical Storage Nanotechnology, I have patents on it. But it took me 14 years to conceive a practical concept in which it could work in advancing the storage industry.
IBM, Lucent, Bell Labs, Philips, US Government and the 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 two laser photons – one for data and one for reference, with the modulation frequency resembling that of 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 invented Rewritable Atomic Volume Holographic Optical Storage, but not before giving up twice because I wasn’t able to work through a concept of non-volatile non-destructive readout. But I finally had a break-through went I was reviewing Einstein/Plank and Niels Bohr Atomic Theories.
I found that by using 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 ” was born. By using UV photons of lesser quantum energy it was therefore possible to use diffraction and interference from the binary states of the molecule.
We’d like to thank Sonja Thomas, Mike’s wife, for making this intriguing animation of an Atomic Switch in action.
The changing states 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.
|THIS SCHEMATICS SHOWS THE PRINCIPLE OF FERROELECTRIC RAM. AN ION IN THE LATTICE IS PERMANENTLY POLARIZED IN EITHER THE ’0′ OR ’1′POSITION FOR BINARY MEMORY.||SCHEMATIC LEVEL DIAGRAM OF ULTRAVIOLET PHOTO REFRACTION EFFECTS IN FERROELECTRIC MOLECULE LITHIUM NIOBATE|
- 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 that come to mind for this new and fascinating atomic holographic optical storage
That’s 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 the Future 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
Many Hundreds of Other Technologies Will Be Enabled By The Atomic Switch
- Photon/Laser Induced Electric Field Poling Theory Invented by Michael E. Thomas
- 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
Jon Newton - p2pnet