Calimetrics Inc. (acquired by LSI Logic)

Brief Description

Calimetrics was acquired by LSI Logic in 2003.

Calimetrics, Inc.
The Next Step in Optical Storage

In the early 1990s, UC Berkeley biophysics doctoral students Michael O'Neill and Terrence Wong, under the guidance of their professor Allan Bearden, developed a laser measurement innovation that led to the foundation of Calimetrics, Inc. in 1994 and to the subsequent development of MLTM (MultiLevel) Recording for optical data storage systems.

MLTM Recording: Unlike conventional binary recording, ML Recording allows data to be stored in marks (or pits) of multiple levels of reflectivity, thereby increasing data density on the surface of read-only, recordable, or rewriteable optical discs. Calimetrics implements ML Recording using "add-on" semiconductor and proprietary disc media technology to enable significant increases in capacity, speed, and content security for CD, DVD, and next-generation optical data storage systems. These improvements are made without altering existing optics, mechanics or manufacturing infrastructure, all of which streamlines key partnerships and reduces development risk and cost.

Intellectual Property: Calimetrics enjoys an extraordinarily strong intellectual property position, with over 50 issued patents and patents pending, over 100 additional invention disclosures, extensive trade secrets, and other non-patented know-how.

Strategic Partners: Calimetrics' strategic partners and customers include many of the leading companies in the data storage, semiconductor, disc media, and consumer electronics industries, including: TDK Corporation, Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Iomega Corporation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, and Matsushita-Kotobuki Electronics, Ltd., among others. Calimetrics' technology also has been endorsed and accepted by a variety of government-sponsored committees and agencies for commercialization in next-generation optical storage systems in the People's Republic of China.

Funding: Calimetrics has raised over $28 million in investment from six rounds of financing, as well as significant additional funding from development contracts, licenses, and government R&D sources. Calimetrics was the recipient of two Advanced Technology Program awards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Calimetrics is headquartered in Alameda, California. In November of 2003, LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) acquired the company.


Tech Category

  • Electronic Systems and Components