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Nanomechanical Memory Outstrips Chip Technology

Roland Piquepaille writes "This sounds almost too good to be true — at least for some time. Physicists from Boston University have fabricated nanomechanical switches which promise fantastic advances in data storage. Their nanodevices will have densities exceeding by orders of magnitude existing storage devices. They will deliver data at speeds in the megahertz (and possibly gigahertz) range, also exceeding by far the few hundred kilohertz of our current hard drives. And finally, they will only use some femtowatts of power each, leading to hard drives consuming maybe a million times less electricity than existing devices. So, where's the catch? Will we ever see hard drives built with these nanomechanical switches? Honestly, I don't know, but read more for other details and references." Ok, we will let this through with the point that one should check the references. With how fast things are moving this may already be out of date. However it is not unwise to be aware of forward moving efforts that may be taking the high ground.

5 Responses to “Nanomechanical Memory Outstrips Chip Technology”

  1. Anonymous Coward Says:

    Atomic Holographic Optical Nanostorage

    I cannot believe a slow mechanical switch of low density and poor data bandwidth can compete with more reliable data storage below.

    Atomic Holographic Optical Storage Nanotechnology will dramatically improve applications like 6,840 raw uncompressed high quality Video/TV hours, or 2,100,000 chest x-rays, or nearly 10,000,000 high-resolution images, or 30,000 four-drawer filing cabinets of documents, or 20,000 DVD'S Worm's , or 4,000 BLU-Ray Worm disk's on ONE 10 Terabyte 3.5 in. removable disc.

    Why Rewritable Atomic Holographic Optical Storage Nanotechnology ?

    - It will have highest NLO analog / digital / optical capacity available
    - will have lowest cost per gigabyte
    - will have lowest power requirement per gigabyte
    - will have longest archive shelf life of any data storage media, 100 years
    - will have widest environmental conditions and tolerances
    - will be only technology that scales from nano to macro solutions
    - will have most reliable removable read / write media available
    - will have highest bandwidth data transfer potential
    - will be direct replacement for hard disk drives
    - will NOT have storage media destroyed by Infrared, Visible, or Ultraviolet Light
    - will NOT be effected by extreme high energy EMF or Cosmic Rays
    i.e. Solar Flares and Solar Winds for Moon / Mars Exploration
    - will be nuclear/cosmic radiation hardened capable
    3.5 in. disk using 5 nm particle with 100 u in. coating = ~ 1.5 EXABYTES of data storage

    1.5 Exabytes equals 1536 Petabytes or 1,572,865 Terabytes per each 100 u in. of coating

    go to their website for further information.

    colossal storage

  2. Chemisor Says:

    Quit the advertisements already…

    > I cannot believe a slow mechanical switch of low
    > density and poor data bandwidth can compete with
    > more reliable data storage below.

    Hot air competes admirably against hot air blowing the other way. Neither of these technologies are implemented in any practical way, so it is quite premature to say which one is the better, don't you think?

    Furthermore, you are wrong. "Atomic Holographic Storage" is a 2D technology, limited to a thin layer near the surface. Nanomechanical memory can easily form 3D structures with far greater capacity.

  3. Anonymous Coward Says:

    see also

    http://www.memagazine.org/backissues/sept03/featur es/adding/adding.html and http://www.trnmag.com/Stories/2004/111704/Nanomech anical_memory_demoed_111704.html

  4. Anonymous Coward Says:

    Re:see also

    wasnt this already on Nanodot?

  5. Ann Scott Says:

    Is this kind of technology being used today? It’s very possible besides most people would prefer a much faster and reliable storage device compared to the low ones.

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