Storage innovator, Iomega has just received a patent which threatens to change the face of digital media storage. Iomega will talk about its new patents at the Information Storage Industry Consortium symposium in California next month.

What it seems to have done is worked out how dots of light change their appearance when tiny nano structures are raised on the surface of a disk making it possible to store more than one bit of data for each nano change to the disk.

It was issued US patent number 6,879,556 entitled Method and Apparatus for Optical Data Storage which it says means optical disks will be able to store between 40 to 100 times more information than today’s DVDs, with data transfer rates 5 to 30 times faster.

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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