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NSF Awards DPHI, Inc. 'DataPlay(TM)' a Phase I SBIR Grant for the Development of a Micro SIL for Small Mobile Optical Disc Drives

NSF Awards DPHI, Inc. 'DataPlay(TM)' a Phase I SBIR Grant for the Development of a Micro SIL for Small Mobile Optical Disc Drive

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Science Foundation has awarded DataPlay(TM) a Phase I SBIR Grant for the development of a Micro Solid Immersion Lens (SIL) for small optical disc drives. DataPlay expects to prove the feasibility of combining small form factor optical systems with near field recording technology in order to achieve capacities of 10+ GB on 32mm media.

Small form factor optical technology faces an areal density challenge similar but differently constrained than larger optical formats like DVD, and the proposed Blu-ray and HD-DVD standards. Larger format 120mm discs use the significantly larger area for recording to achieve capacities ranging from 4.7GB to 50 GB. Using near field technology, DataPlay's micro-optical system can potentially yield 10-20 GB in a much smaller form factor, more suitable to mobile or portable system applications.

DPHI, Inc., "DataPlay," a privately held company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is generally recognized for pioneering the field of micro-optical disc drives and media. DataPlay's micro-optical systems have been successfully launched worldwide in consumer products and as licensed technology. With over 77 US patents issued (43 with worldwide coverage) and another 60 applications in process, the company's experienced R&D staff and labs have produced many optical storage industry research and product innovations.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent agency of the Federal Government, invites (by solicitation) eligible small business concerns to participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. NSF will support high quality projects on important scientific, engineering, or science/engineering education problems and opportunities that could lead to significant commercial and public benefit if the research is successful. In general, proposals ranked highest by the topic program officers on the basis of merit review are further examined by NSF in regard to other factors, including potential commercial application.

For additional information about DPHI, Inc., "DataPlay," we invite you to visit DataPlay's website: http://www.dataplay.com/. You may also contact Kathy Bowers at (303) 447-8484, x1013.

For additional information about NSF and to obtain publications, we invite you to visit the NSF web site: http://www.nsf.gov/. You may also e-mail, [email protected], or call (703) 292-8129.

DPHI, Inc.

CONTACT: Kathy Bowers of DPHI, Inc., +1-303-447-8484 ext. 1013

Web site: http://www.dataplay.com/

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