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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

InPhase delays holographic storage drive shipments

InPhase Technologies (Longmont, CO) has delayed the first shipments of its Tapestry holographic storage drive, which had been planned for late May.

In an interview with SPIE Newsroom on May 16, InPhase chief technology officer Kevin Curtis said the plan was to ship 150Gb evaluation drives in May, with the final 300 Gb product to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. Now that plan has been pushed back.

Curtis said in an email Thursday (June 5) that InPhase will ship only a couple of drives now "because we need them for more testing." He said the delay is because "we realized that we had more work to do before we could get to and release the 300GB product." Curtis cited product development issues, including susceptibility to shock and vibration, as well as the reliability of Tapestry's field-replaceable laser. InPhase developed the tunable laser for 405 nanometers, kinematically mounted into the drive, so it can be replaced without shipping the drive back.

News reports have said that 40 or more of InPhase's staff were cut last week in response to the delays.

Curtis said that the company is working to solve the technical issues "and then will resume product development in August with potential customer engagements with 300GB eval units at end-of-year if it goes well."

Delay causes InPhase layoffs (Longmont Times-Call)
Holographic storage kingpin turns staff and product into an illusion (The Register, UK)
Holographic storage comes of age (SPIE Professional, October 2007)