An online article published on eetimes.com on July 28, 2004, titled "Former Aptix CEO indicted for plot to kill judge" (search www.eetimes.com for article ID: 26100298") has created personal and business complications on an ongoing basis, as this article is a primary search response from search engines performing a search on the combined items "ali moussa" and "altavion."
My company, Altavion, is engaged in discussions with large companies concerning Altavion's unique document authentication technology, including Self-Authenticating Documents and Legally Witnessed Documents. To pursue these business opportunities, I am seeking venture funding. However, your article continues to create a cloud of doubt concerning me and my company, although, as your article pointed out, I was not accused of any criminal activity.
It hurts more to learn that EE Times, Silicon Strategies and Bank Systems & Technology, which are all owned by CMP Media, are the only publications visible to me to have reported the incident in this way. If the allegations against my friend are proven in a court of law, then justice should be dispensed. However, in the court of public opinion, my company and I will continue to be judged by your article.
I ask that you remove your article and any references made to me and to Altavion as a way to protect my innocence. I would like to alleviate the "search engine problem" EE Times has inadvertently created for me and my company.
I would be happy to respond to those in the business community who wish to hear from me directly.
Ali Moussa, President and CEO, Altavion Inc., Santa Clara, Calif. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Editor's note: The online article cited by Moussa concerned the ongoing criminal case against Amr Mohsen, former CEO of Aptix Corp. It identified Moussa as CEO of startup Altavion Inc., which has no relationship to Mohsen or Aptix.
While we cannot remove or alter a previously published article from the EE Times Web site or other CMP Media Web sites, we can reaffirm that Moussa has not been charged with or accused of any criminal activity.
We believe any technology developed by Altavion should be judged on its own merits. As noted in a previously published column about Aptix, "Guilt by association is a poor way to do business."
Room-temp superconductor R&D? Consider it 'done'
Chappell Brown's cover story list of "R&D projects that must get done" (Aug. 8, page 1) includes room-temperature superconductors.
Your readers might like to know that polymers capable of conducting at least 100,000 times better than gold, silver or copper exist. We call them Ultraconductors (see www.ultraconductors.com).
These are patented materials being developed for commercial applications. They are made by the sequential processing of amorphous polar dielectric elastomers. They exhibit a set of anomalous magnetic and electric properties, including very high electrical conductivity ( > 1,011 S/cm-1) and current densities ( > 5 x 108 A/cm2) over a wide temperature range (1.8 to 700 K).
Additional properties established by experimental measurements include the absence of measurable heat generation under high current; thermal vs. electrical conductivity orders of magnitude in violation of the Wiedemann-Franz law; a jump-like transition to a resistive state at a critical current; a nearly zero Seebeck coefficient over the temperature range of 87 to 233 K; and no measurable resistance when Ultraconductor films are placed between superconducting tin electrodes at cryogenic temperatures.
The only thing holding back further progress toward product development and wire is a lack of capital. Angels have provided $5 million to date, most of that prior to the dot-com crash. Four SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] contracts, including a Phase II for the U.S. Air Force, have been completed. With sufficient funding, we are ready to begin a three-year program that will move these remarkable materials into the market.
Chairman and CEO