Optware Corp. is planning to release a Holographic Versatile Card (HVC) media product around the end of 2006. The card capacity is expected to be 30 GB, priced less than $1.
Optware also intends to set the price of a reader device lower than $1900 and a
reader/writer device lower than $9000. The launch of these HVC-related products is
planned to coincide with the standardization of the technology, expected in December,
2006, by Ecma International, an organization promoting standardization of information and
The company also revealed photos of mockups. Dimensions of the card are almost the same
as those of a credit card, while the drive system is designed to be the size of a
surface-mounted hard disc drive system.
Collinear holographic technology developed by Optware is used to read from and write onto
the holographic card. The technology requires only one objective lens, because the
information beam and reference beam are arranged into a single laser beam on the same
axis, which is used for both reading and writing.
In the HVC, hologram data are recorded in either longitudinal or lateral directions. A
reader system moves both the medium and the optical head horizontally to pickup specified
holograms. For example, card might be shd to the right and left, with the optical head
shifted back and forth.
The company has designed the card to be almost as large as a credit card for users'
convenience. Optware said that, technically, the size can be reduced to that of a memory