News Article

New Company Believes in Holographic Data Storage, Yes it Exists!
Date: Dec 11, 2012
Author: Jean-Jacques Maleval
Source: StorageNewsletter ( click here to go to the source)

Featured firm in this article: Akonia Holographics LLC of Longmont, CO

Akonia Holographics, LLC was launched in August 2012 after closing on an $10.8 million investment round from Acadia Woods Partners, LLC in New York.

This company is like the revival of InPhase Technologies, Inc. which disappeared in 2011.

As part of its investment in Akonia, Acadia Woods - that was one of the investors into InPhase - transferred all of the assets that it had acquired at the auction of InPhase in March 2012, including all of IP and most of its equipment.

All current Akonia's executives came from InPhase, the three co-founders, CEO Ken Anderson (manager of advanced development and systems engineering at InPhase), CTO Mark Ayres (holographic research engineer at InPhase), and VP materials development Fred Askham (senior Synthetic chemist at InPhase). VP of business development Terry Loseke had the same position at InPhase.

Furthermore, Akonia, with 9 people, has moved into the former office of InPhase in Longmont, CO, according to the Boulder County Business Report.

The start-up in stealth mode will try to achieve an holographic photopolymer media at 6TB, with over $10 million in media manufacturing equipment, with a drive being able to transfer data at 300MB/s and the help of a partner, probably a Japanese company.

The firm has been assigned a patent (8,311,067) developed by Jason R. Ensher, Lafayette, CO, Paul C. Smith, Louisville, CO, and Ian B. Murray, Erie, CO, for a "system and devices for improving external cavity diode lasers using wavelength and mode sensors and compact optical paths."