IBM achieves high data density dream, challenges Moore's law

IBM was, all this while, working away on achieving an almost unimaginable dream. While it may seem to be a dream to most of us to be able to carry our entire music or movie collection in a charm-sized pendant around our neck, IBM has made just that a reality. Using the wonders of what it refers to as Atomic-scale magnetic memory, IBM has achieved a breakthrough in storage technology. What they have achieved is a technology, which in their words is - "100 times denser than today's hard disk drives, 150 times more dense than solid-state memory." IBM has now managed to build the world's smallest storage device, capabilities of which are nowhere close to small and in doing so, they have challenged Moore's Law. For a better view of what IBM have achieved, watch the video below:




In an official post on their site, IBM explains the course of their research - "Scientists from IBM Research have been investigating and controlling matter on an atomic scale for decades. So, naturally, their latest quest would involve greatly decreasing the storage capacity needed for one bit of data, which on today's computers stands at about 1 million atoms. They set out to develop the ultimate memory chips of the future. Starting at the very beginning of density—single atoms—they created the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit and answered the question of how many atoms it takes to reliably store one bit of magnetic information at a low temperature: 12."

Published Date: Jan 20, 2012 12:48 pm | Updated Date: Jan 20, 2012 12:48 pm