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IBM BOFFINS reckon that a new kind of storage device with the speed and efficiency of flash, and the capacity and low cost of platter drives, could be less than ten years way.

Both prevalent technologies have their problems. HDD is hot, noisy and bulky. It's also sensitive to knock and bumps, and has loads of moving parts to go wrong. SSD is smaller and lighter with no moving parts but, despite being quick at reading data, is a bit slovenly when it comes to writing it. SSDs also have lifespan problems, as each write cycle does tiny amounts of damage to the integrity of the circuits. Oh, and it costs one arm + one leg.

Dubbed "Racetrack", because the data races around a wire track, IBM's new baby has no moving parts and potential capacity, size for size, more than 100 times greater than current technologies.

It would also require far less power and generate far less heat meaning that battery-operated devices could run for weeks on a single charge and last for decades.

IBM is no noob when it comes to bringing revolutionary concepts to market having invented the memory chip and the hard drive.

IBM fellow Stuart Parkin and a number of colleagues published their findings in this month's Science. In their paper, the scientists describe their use of horizontal permalloy nanowires 10,000 times thinner than a human hair charged with spin-polarized current pulses to record and retrieve data.

We reckon describing the new chips as "virtually indestructible" might backfire on them, though. Remember when they said that about CDs?
If this is true, then it will suck for all of the manufacturers that are putting so much into the SSD infrastructure. But, I can't wait until we have a cheaper and much higher performing storage device.
    
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Wow, that seems pretty badass. I'll have to read up on it more, but it sounds like an awesome innovation.
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will storage performance, after all these years, indeed DECADES, finally catch up with every other component inside the common PC? i hope so
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Well for one 10 years is a looooooooong time

for two, repost

for three, putting the time into ssd is a good idea considering we have 10 years to cover
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hot? no
noisy? lolno
bulky? i wish they still made 5.25" HDDs for more storage.
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SSDs also have lifespan problems, as each write cycle does tiny amounts of damage to the integrity of the circuits.
I noticed that this point wasn't addressed again anywhere in the article.
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Why is IBM so F-ing good? God I <3 that company, I almost wish they would get into the desktop processor race, they would destroy Everyone.
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Why is IBM so F-ing good? God I <3 that company, I almost wish they would get into the desktop processor race, they would destroy Everyone.
It's called Cell.

Unfortunately, there are only a select few operating systems that will run on it (as it's not a common PC architecture, being Power based rather than x86 - but, most Linux distributions have added or are adding support). But, CBEA is a consumer IBM design, is monstrously powerful and infinitely scalable. A few OEM's sell server and workstation systems build around Cell.
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Why is IBM so F-ing good? God I <3 that company, I almost wish they would get into the desktop processor race, they would destroy Everyone.
Heh... with the "DeathStar debacle"... they almost did destroy everyone.
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i just need 20gb thats all for me
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