Folio Photonics Expands Engineering Leadership Team And Scores A Patent

Folio Photonics
 today announced the appointment of industry veteran Greg Kittilson as Vice President of Engineering. In this position, Kittilson will lead the engineering team in developing and delivering the first-ever enterprise-scale, immutable active archive solution, that provides breakthrough cost, margin, and sustainability benefits to the market. He will act directly under the CEO, Steve Santamaria, and work across functional teams to further the product development process.

A seasoned product development leader, Kittilson brings a wealth of experience and demonstrated accomplishments throughout his long career in the computer hardware industry, having led functional areas of servo development, electrical engineering and software engineering.

Prior to Folio Photonics, Kittilson worked many years at Seagate Technology, initially as drive core team leader, where he and his team delivered the first 2.5″ gaming drive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the first automotive drive and the first hybrid drive (named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2008 by PC World). He went on to serve as Seagate’s Senior Director for CORTX Object Storage Data Path development and, most recently, as PMO Director for Lyve Cloud Engineering.

Before Seagate, Kittilson held leadership positions in product development and engineering with Dot Hill Systems, where he led a team that defined and delivered the next-generation storage architecture centered on a RAID Companion Processor ASIC for entry-level storage arrays.

Kittilson holds a BS in Engineering from St. Cloud State University and an MBA and Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. He also owns a United States Patent for a “Disk drive employing method of writing a data block to a data sector following a defective servo sector.”

Folio Photonics Secures Patent for Advancements in Multi-layer Optical Disc Storage

In a related announcement, Folio Photonics also unveiled today another great leap forward in the development of the first-ever enterprise-scale, immutable active archive solution. Folio has been awarded a United States Patent for “Systems and Methods for Increasing Data Rate and Storage Density in Multi-layer Optical Discs.”

The patent abstract states: “Systems and methods, e.g., optical apparatuses, for digital optical information storage systems that improve the speed, signal to noise, controllability, and data storage density for fluorescent and reflective multi-layer optical data storage media. The systems and methods include an optical system for a reading beam of a data channel from a moving single or multi-layer or otherwise 3-dimensional optical information storage medium that comprises at least one optical element characterized by restricting the field of view (FOV) of the reading beam on an associated image plane to 0.3 to 2 Airy disk diameters in a first direction.”

In lay terms, the novel inventions protected under this patent will deliver numerous benefits, including improved performance and ease of management of Folio Photonics’ multi-layer optical disc storage technology. In addition, newly enhanced signal strength relative to background noise will lead to higher throughput, lower latency and increased performance. And, allow the storage capacity potential of a Folio Photonics disc to dramatically increase.

The innovations, which build on the Folio Photonics archive solution’s breakthrough cost, security and sustainability benefits, were invented by Folio Photonics’ Founder, Kenneth D. Singer, Ph.D. and COO/CTO, Irina Shiyanovskaya, Ph.D., together with Asher Sussman, and Thomas Milster, Professor of Optical Sciences and Young Sik Kim, Assistant Research Professor of Optical Sciences, both of whom are from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.

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