Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that it has partnered with InPhase Technologies, the world’s leader in holographic data storage, to supply a CMOS image sensor solution for InPhase’s Tapestry(TM) holographic data storage system.
Cypress and InPhase have collaborated since 2005 to develop an ultra-sensitive and ultra-fast CMOS image sensor to meet the high-speed reading of data recorded by InPhase’s Tapestry drive. The Cypress CMOS imager features a digital interface and is sized with a pixel count of 1696 X 1710 and a pixel pitch of 8 microns. The imager enables data to be read at 500 frames per second.
“Cypress’s imaging expertise was critical to the development of our holographic drive,” said Nelson Diaz, CEO of InPhase. “We have largely redefined how information is stored and read for next generation recording devices — and Cypress has played a significant role in that endeavor.”
Holographic storage delivers high capacity by recording data throughout the volume of the recording material, and not just on the surface. With each flash of the laser, a data page of approximately 1 million bits is recorded. Each data page is located at a unique address within the material and several hundred pages of data, each with their own unique address, are recorded in the same location of the medium. Each of these collections of data pages is then referred to as a “book.” This new recording technique enables more holograms to be stored in the same volume of material by overlapping not only pages, but also books of data. This dramatically increases the storage density.
“The next generation of imaging products will require massive amounts of storage in small form factors. We believe that our work with InPhase on the first holographic drive positions Cypress as a leading supplier of the imaging component,” said Cliff Drowley, Vice President for Cypress’s image sensor business unit. “The consumer and professional imaging worlds are converging, and higher-yield, lower-cost products are required to continue the progress of optical recording. The InPhase Tapestry drive is a seminal touchpoint in this delicate area of technical development.”
Cypress’s customer specific CMOS image sensor designs address applications such as high-speed motion analysis, industrial and medical x-ray imaging, endoscopy, barcode readers, high-speed line sensors, and star tracking and remote sensing for space. Cypress’s new sensor offerings address the trend to have digital LVDS outputs for high-speed sensors, as demonstrated with proven custom designs for holographic data storage readers.
Cypress’s custom image sensor approach is to provide full turnkey solutions for customers, including design services, package and test development, product prototyping and characterization, production setup and production logistics management.
InPhase Technologies is the leading developer of holographic data storage recording media and systems. Based in Longmont, Colorado, InPhase was founded in 2000, and is comprised of some of the storage industry’s leading executives and scientists. InPhase is funded by venture capital investors New Venture Partners LLC, Signal Lake Ventures, Newton Technology Partners, Yasuda Enterprise Development, Japan Asia Investment Company, Nanotech Partners LLC, and Mr. B.J. Cassin. Corporate investors are Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., Bayer MaterialScience AG, and ALPS Information Technology Fund.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip(TM), USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks, image sensors and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB(TM) radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge(TM) and EZ-USB(R) FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY.
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