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Hie Electronics Issued Patent for Blu-ray TeraStack

Hie Electronics announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company a patent that covers various system and software functions of its Blu-ray Disc (BD) TeraStack Solution.

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The Optical Data Management System from Hie Electronics Receives its Second Patent

The first patent covered the mechanical portion of the TeraStack® Solution; the second patent includes system and software functions with 17 claims.

McKinney, TX — July 06, 2011 — The TeraStack® Solution from Hie Electronics has been granted approval of its second patent by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office. The TeraStack® Solution is a scalable, integrated high-density optical data and media storage delivery system. The technology captures, stores and archives terabytes of data in a device about the size of a two-drawer file cabinet.

While the first patent covered the mechanical portion of the TeraStack® Solution, the second patent includes system and software functions with 17 claims covering:

• TeraStack® flash storage device
• Disk catalog software
• Software application metadata management
• Data transfer control software
• Disk manipulator software
• Library control software
• Cycle counting inventory code
• Metadata catalog and query

The unique software allows the TeraStack® Solution to create a back-up on a Blu-ray disc contained in the TeraStack 6.25. The back-up TeraStack 6.25 can the either remain in the TeraStack® Solution or be taken offsite to provide more data security. Utilizing Hie Electronics’ disc cataloging technology, the user can identify the TeraStack 6.25 that contains the required information. The software can then randomly access the data without having to rehydrate the rest of the TeraStack 6.25 or even the rest of the disc. This process uses less power, is faster, and requires less interaction between the user and the media than other forms of data management.

The Blu-ray™ media used in the TeraStack® Solution provides 50 to 100 years of data integrity. Blu-ray media is extremely resilient and guards data against harm from temperature fluctuations, moisture, water damage, power interruption or spiking, magnetic variations, critical system failures and aging. However, the Blu-ray discs would not be as effective without the disc manipulator software that limits human contact with the discs themselves. The reduced human contact ensures the maximum amount of data integrity.

All of this technology is available to users through a user-friendly java middleware interface, which enables data access with minimal training. The “data center in a box” technology associated with the TeraStack® Solution is easily integrated into many markets such as law enforcement, medical PACs storage, geospatial data management, and video surveillance.

About Hie Electronics, Inc.
Hie Electronics, a pioneer of innovation for long-term scalable data storage solutions, is located in McKinney, Texas and is the manufacturer of the TeraStack® Solution, useable in a variety of applications where extended data storage is required such as security surveillance video, exchange backup, architectural and engineering projects, medical research, health records and medical PACS data, geospatial data, legal data, motion picture film, government data, and more. The company is the recipient of the Frost and Sullivan “2009 North American Data Storage Technologies Green Excellence Award” in Technology Innovation, a North Texas Clean Air Coalition 2009 Clean Air Champion, an Energy Star Small Business Network Participant, and a stakeholder in the Energy Star Enterprise Storage Initiative. For more information, please visit