Nanotube Memory Chip Could Hold Vast Bits of Data for a Billion Years

June 9, 2009

(ChattahBox)— The next generation of digital memory storage may very well reside inside within a tiny carbon nanotube and an iron nanoparticle, approximately 1/50,000th the width of a single strand of human hair. The new chip technology has the potential to store thousands of times more data in one square inch than today’s chips.

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California developed the new memory chip technology.

Lead researcher, physicist Alex Zettl designed the chip to accommodate a low voltage electrical current that can move inside the nanotube with precision. The electric conveyance is akin to a nonvolatile memory element, which can produce hundreds of binary memory storage systems.

The memory element has the potential to store a trillion bits of data per square inch, which can remain stable and protected from the environment for at least one billion years.

The low-voltage storage element also has write/read capabilities allowing for easy integration into current silicon processing systems.

The scientists expect the groundbreaking new nanotube memory chip to become available within two years.



One Response to “Nanotube Memory Chip Could Hold Vast Bits of Data for a Billion Years”

  1. K. Mapson on February 10th, 2010 12:54 pm

    Indeed, the theological theory of pandeism predicts the arising of precisely such technology as this!!

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