AO-DVD can be seen as potentially the next generation of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM for distribution of content. The reason for this statement is that AO-DVD has the potential to support areal densities, which are 20 to 100 times greater than those presently shipping in CD or DVD-ROM formats. AO-DVD technology is also amenable to being designed into the drive architecture of a CD or DVD drive at very low additional cost. This means that it is a high-value augmentation technology for these present mainstream technologies rather than a competing new standard. New AO-DVD-enabled CDRW or DVD-RW format drives will still be able to record data at present CD/DVD densities, but will have access to low-cost AO-DVD/AO-CD content which, for example, is 40X larger than that of these present optical ROM medias.

About Fred C Thomas III

Fred Charles Thomas III - Engineer and Inventor

Fred Thomas received a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Physics from Bucknell University in 1982. In 1990 he received a MS in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Control Systems and Non-linear Dynamics.

His awards include the International Design Excellence Award in 2009, Industrial Forum Product Design Award in 2008, "Nano50 Award" for "Subwavelength Optical Data Storage" in 2005, Lemelson-MIT "Inventor of the Week" Award in 2004, Iomega "Exceptional Invention Award" in 1999, and Laser Focus World "Electro-Optic Application of the Year Award" in 1994. 

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