Incorporated in 1989, MaxOptix Corporation is a developer of tape automation
and secondary data storage solutions. With an installed base of over 14,000,
MaxOptix tape autoloaders and libraries span all segments in the high
performance secondary data storage industry from entry level through enterprise
class automation. MaxOptix is extremely well positioned to address the rapidly
growing market opportunities for data storage solutions, via its channel
partners and it serves a global customer base from its US Headquarters in
Boulder, Colorado and from MaxOptix Europe Ltd. with European Headquarters in
- editor mentions on STORAGEsearch.com
home page - circa 2001
profile from featured press release November 14, 2001
Maxoptix Abandons OSD Optical Project|
Jean-Jacques Maleval Editor
October 11, 2001 - Plans for high-density digital disks,
based on hybrid technologies combining optical and magnetic technology, have had
the wind let out of their sails after gobbling mountains of dollars for very
little results. TeraStor has given up, while Seagate no longer makes any mention
of its Quinta technology, although it continues to file the odd patent.
now it's Maxoptix's turn to throw in the towel on its OSD (Optical Super
Density) disk drive. Hardly any projects are left, with the exception of UDO
(Ultra Disc Optical), in which Plasmon and Sony have invested in the hopes of
attaining 20GB per side on a 5.25-inch phase-change optical platter, with a
launch set for 2003. OSD was originally meant to integrate a 40GB removable disk
with a 30MB/s transfer rate.
"We have completely stopped,"
confirmed Brian Blanchard, Maxoptix's European VP. "We couldn't get the
disk media from Mitsubishi [Chemical] up to 13GB." The cessation of this
activity will result in cutbacks of some 40 employees, Blanchard further
The company also exits its historical 5.25-inch
magneto-optical drive and library market. Consequently, Maxoptix's business will
now be primarily focused on tape automation products, thanks to its acquisition
of Breece Hill at the beginning of the year.