UltraCard, Inc. Appoints New Directors of Engineering, Card Development and Software/Firmware As Part of Business Expansion
TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2000 9:58 AM
CAMPBELL, Calif., Apr 18, 2000 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- UltraCard, Inc., a subsidiary of Upgrade International Corporation (OTCBB:UPGD), developers of high capacity, portable data storage, announced it has appointed three new Directors to help manage UltraCard's continuing growth and expanding business activity.
Henry S. Perez has been appointed as Director of Engineering for UltraCard Inc. His primary responsibility at UltraCard is overseeing product design and manufacturing.
Prior to joining UltraCard, Perez was Director of Engineering for the Recording Media Research Center and Recording Media Operations for Seagate Technology in Fremont, California. In that position, he managed capital and expense budgets of up to $68M for the 1280-person facility and coordinated site operations, new technology assessment, capital asset management, and lab design and construction.
Perez also worked for IBM Corporation from 1974 to 1996. He served in several positions there including Development Manager and Disk Equipment Engineering Manager. As Development Manager, he managed the HGA pilot line, supporting the MR head development group in prototyping and developing tooling, processes and early manufacture of MR heads for new disk drives.
Perez received his B.S.M.E. degree from California State Polytechnic University and his M.S.M.E. degree from the University of California at Berkeley
In addition, Bruce M. Lairson, Ph.D. has been appointed as Director of Card Development for the company. He is respected and well known in the thin film and recording industries and has six patents in thin film and recording, with two patents pending. He has held senior positions with several blue-chip companies including Hewlett Packard, Western Digital and Komag Corporation.
Bruce has more than twenty years experience in the field of data transmission and storage. His primary responsibility at UltraCard will be to continue to develop card compatibility with reader characteristics, qualifying cards for field reliability and installing the manufacturing process for the media.
Prior to joining UltraCard, Bruce was Director of Sputter Development for Komag Corporation in San Jose, California. In that position, he managed a group of 12 products from initial concept to release and manufacture on sputter tools. Previously he worked with Komag, as Director of Advanced Technology at Western Digital Corporation where he established product direction and technology alternatives for media and heads, including optically based storage.
Bruce received his MS in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University. He also has an ME in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University.
Finally, Rob Reasons, Ph.D. has been appointed as Director of Software and Firmware for UltraCard. Reasons specializes in high security encryption technology, secure financial transactions, e-commerce and government applications for UltraCard.
Reasons served in the U.S. Navy Intelligence Division and speaks fluent Japanese. As founder of Alpha Resources, he developed a number of tools and of instruments designed to help companies operate more efficiently and cost-effectively. These include a hand-held battery operated digital storage device, a digital torque wrench, and a telephone security system. He also designed and manufactured several instruments used in analytical chemistry.
Other previous positions include periods at Boehringer Mannheim and MOST, an optical disk drive manufacturer where he designed firmware and the microcontroller used to control the MOST 3.5 inch disk drive.
Rob has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He also has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Computer Science
Upgrade International Corp., (www.upgd.com) is focused on the development and acquisition of state-of-the-art information technology. One of its subsidiaries, UltraCard Inc. (www.ultracard.com), has developed a system for high capacity data storage. The management of UltraCard, Inc. believes that their developed and patented product represents a significant advance in the method consumers and businesses will utilize portable data, integrating UltraCard(TM) products into everyday life. Utilizing existing hard disk storage technology, UltraCard(TM) provides a unique and highly durable media in a common credit card format, to satisfy the next generation in personal portable data storage for a broad range of existing and new market sectors. UltraCard(TM) currently provides several megabytes of memory and is fully editable. Management estimates that more than 1 gigabyte of recordable data, on a single credit card format, can be achieved without the need for compression technology.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Daniel Bland This news release may contain forward-looking statements relating to future results, performance, plans, events or other matters. Such statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties pertaining to development of the Company's products and services and markets for such products and services, the timing and level of customer orders, competitive products and services and pricing, changes in economic conditions and the markets for the Company's products and services and other risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance and events may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this News Release. The company undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this News Release.
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