Holographic Storage Pioneer InPhase Scrambles for Funding

Holographic storage technology has been a dream since the early 1960s, when Polaroid scientist Pieter J. Van Heerden first thought of storing data in three dimensions. It may remain that way a while longer.

According to a report in the Longmont (Colo.) Times-Call, InPhase Technologies has “apparently shut down” and ceased paying employees.

InPhase was spun off from Bell Labs a decade ago, and has been at work developing holographic data storage since 1994.

But one InPhase investor remains hopeful that the holographic storage pioneer can obtain additional funding and keep that work going.

In a statement to Enterprise Storage Forum, Bart Stuck of Signal Lake Partners said the firm “is actively engaged in restructuring the capitalization of InPhase.”

If InPhase can’t make the technology a commercial success, GE (NYSE: GE) may become the next most likely candidate to make the technology commercially viable.

But with speed and capacity that still lags tape and disk, it remains an uphill battle for holographic storage technology.

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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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