Think of it as a floptical
delusion, like an optical illusion but real.
Like 3.5-inch MO or the MD minidisk, or the 20MB Floptical
. All of them were technological breakthroughs--and none of them was able to define or stimulate a mass market.
Such mediums, as a Random House contract puts it, "shall include, but not be limited to, electronic, magnetic, digital, optical and laser-based information storage and retrieval systems, floppy diskette-based software, CDROM, interactive software and compact discs, floptical
disks, ROM Card, silicon chip, on-line electronic or satellite-based data transmission and other such systems, and any other device or medium for electronic reproduction, publication, distribution or transmission, whether now or hereafter known or developed." [Emphasis added.] In this, one can practically hear not just the desperation but also the despair of publishers who fear that a form unknown may leave them in control of nothing but today's texts.
Floptica 20/m, floptical
drive LANForce Series, RAID disk-array subsystems up to one terrabyte ATOM-AT Thinkpad hard drives & 2.5" hard disks for Compaq, Toshiba & Apple laptops
The RT1600E host adapter includes peripheral support for fixed, Floptical
, and removable disk drives.
In a pilot program, Boyington copied technical schematics for tracking stations on floptical
disks readable by pen computers from NCR Computer Corp.
They demonstrated their "floptical
" disk, on which they record magnetically, but position the readwrite head optically.
The Parallel SCSI Adapter includes peripheral support for CD-ROM, fixed disk, Bernoulli, Syquest, scanners, optical jukebox, multifunction optical, WORM, Floptical
disk, and tape drives.
Removable storage options include SyQuest cartridges, Bernoulli disks and Floptical
Technology Association (Cupertino, California), founded by four mass storage suppliers--Insite Peripherals, Iomega Corp., Hitachi Maxell, and 3M--has been promoting this new floppy as the de facto technology standard for the high-capacity flexible disk drive market.
Other peripherals, such as hard disk, tape, magneto optical, WORM and Floptical
drives, are also supported.
disks, under development by Insite Peripherals, will combine the magnetic attributes of floppy disks with optical disc technology.