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IBM's recent nanotechnology data storage news reads, "IBM set to supercede Flash with superfast, high capacity, low cost Racetrack memory." and " ... the latest advances in nanowire data storage from IBM seem set to thrash both hard drives and flash memory at their own games." Thus, IBM plans to become a nanotech digital data memory company.
Hidden away in Jerome Drexler's recently published book,"Discovering Postmodern Cosmology," is Chapter 14, which discloses that Silicon Valley-based LaserCard Corporation (Nasdaq: LCRD - also known as Drexler Technology) is already a nanotech digital data memory company. The initial success of their nanotech memory products is reflected in their LaserCard(R) optical memory card revenues of $5.9 milion of the total of $10.7 million in data card-related revenues reported in the June 2008 quarter.
As described in its patents, LaserCard Corp. utilizes a sealed nanotechnology-based laser recordable memory called Drexon(R) and a tiny semiconductor laser to record, on a card, combinations of digital data, visual text, and visual photographic-like images such as a person's face. Multitudinous reflective sealed silver nano-particles are utilized to store the laser recorded visual image data and digital data.
More than 35 million Drexon(R)-based LaserCard optical memory cards have been sold by LaserCard Corp. Currently active optical memory card programs include the US Green Card, the US Laser Visa Mexican-border-crossing card, the US DOD logistics card, the Canadian permanent resident card, the Italian national ID card, the Italian permanent resident card, vehicle registration cards of several states of India, a Costa Rican ID card and the Saudi Arabian National ID card. Also, LaserCard Corp. is on the winning team for the national ID card project of oil-rich Angola.
On the US Green Card, anti-counterfeit measures also include pre-recorded nanotech photographic images of all the 50 U.S. state flags and portraits of all the US presidents. Holders of these cards can observe these nanotech photographic images with a magnifying glass. Significantly, LaserCard(R) ID cards, which utilize nanotechnology-based Drexon(R) laser recordable media, have never been successfully counterfeited. Drexon data storage media is also very versatile, which makes it possible to periodically add new system and security features for the benefit of the card holder and issuer and to foil counterfeiters.
The Company's LaserCard patent claims describe the data storage media as being formed from silver nano-particles with maximum dimensions of 50 nanometers, to ensure low-laser-power recording. Nanotechnology is defined as structures utilizing building block particles "in the length scale of approximately 1 to 100 nanometer range". Thus, the LaserCard optical memory card is clearly a nanotechnology product.
The March 2008 book "Discovering Postmodern Cosmology" is already cataloged in the libraries of Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Groningen, Sam Houston State University, and the U.S. Naval Observatory. It has been on Amazon.com's Best Seller lists in several countries in the categories of applied physics, astrophysics, cosmology, or the universe. BarnesandNoble.com also markets the book.
Drexler's May 2006 book, "Comprehending and Decoding the Cosmos," which plausibly solves at least 15 cosmic enigmas, is cataloged and available in over 40 astronomy and physics libraries around the world. They include libraries at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard-Smithsonian, Vassar, and the universities of Hawaii, Toronto, Illinois, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Goettingen, Groningen, Copenhagen, Chile, Bologna, Helsinki, Lisbon, Guadalajara, Kyoto, and the Max-Planck-Institut for Astrophysik.
About Jerome Drexler
Astro-cosmologist Jerome Drexler is a former Bell Labs member of the technical staff and group supervisor , former research professor in physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and founder of Drexler Technology and LaserCard Corp.(Nasdaq: LCRD). He has been awarded 76 U.S. patents, honorary Doctor of Science degrees from NJIT and Upsala College, a degree of Honorary Fellow of the Technion, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at Stanford University, a three-year Bell Labs graduate study fellowship, the 1990 "Inventor of the Year Award" for Silicon Valley and recognition as the original inventor of the now widely-used digital optical disk "Laser Optical Storage System." He is a member of the Board of Overseers of New Jersey Institute of Technology and an Honorary Life Member of the Technion Board of Governors.
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