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Looks like the SSD's of today are numbered! IBM's new memory, called "Racetrack Memory", is thousands of times faster than flash (Talking nanoseconds, not milliseconds), even more indestructable than flash, uses next to nothing for power, negligable temperatures, cheaper, and may usher in 2TB Ipods

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Just when flash-based solid state drives are becoming the norm, IBM has developed a new type of solid state memory, dubbed “Racetrack”, that pretty much makes flash memory look obsolete. The new technology uses spintronics, which uses the spin of electrons to encode data rather than the electrons’ charge. The bits of data are stored in the magnetic domain walls along the silicon nanowire, or racetrack, thus allowing for super fast data transfers. The method allows for more energy efficient, faster, larger, and cheaper solid state memory—all while maintaining the same amount of “space” of current drives. In fact, according to IBM, the new Racetrack memory is capable of reading and writing data in less than a nanosecond and could provide up to 100x more storage than currently available drives on the market.

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Other source: Saw it on G4's "The Feed"

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nice find +rep!

So it's like a HDD on steroids. Faster, Stronger, and smaller too. Only in this case smaller is a good thing

I'd imagine it'd be adversely affected by strong magnetic fields tho, just like current HDDs...
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nice find +rep!

So it's like a HDD on steroids. Faster, Stronger, and smaller too. Only in this case smaller is a good thing

I'd imagine it'd be adversely affected by strong magnetic fields tho, just like current HDDs...
To be honest, I'm not worried about being in any strong magnetic fields with my MP3 player/computer...

Sounds awesome, hope it becomes a consumer product soon!
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To be honest, I'm not worried about being in any strong magnetic fields with my MP3 player/computer...

Sounds awesome, hope it becomes a consumer product soon!
It's based on charges being placed on the wires, so I would not think that strong EM fields will anymore damage than they do to an Ipod today... not to mentioned that they have been deemed "indestructable"... nothing stops it, sans a physical break in the wires.... the ultimate in "shock proof".
    
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With the Inquirer as the source, no information about how it works, and the OP questioning the validity because the "source" has no proof? The information in that thread is so poorly conveyed that people believe it is flash SSD's they are talking about, lol....
    
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With the Inquirer as the source, no information about how it works, and the OP questioning the validity because the "source" has no proof? The information in that thread is so poorly conveyed that people believe it is flash SSD's they are talking about, lol....
Its the same tech and if you go to the inq website that is linked at the top of the page, there is a link to yahoo news's site with the actual article about this product.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/2008...pcworld/144432
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Its the same tech and if you go to the inq website that is linked at the top of the page, there is a link to yahoo news's site with the actual article about this product.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/2008...pcworld/144432
Linking to a site that gives no info and just links again to the actual article is poor practice IMO. Just link to the article in the first place instead of giving these 'middle-man' sites traffic they don't earn.
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Linking to a site that gives no info and just links again to the actual article is poor practice IMO. Just link to the article in the first place instead of giving these 'middle-man' sites traffic they don't earn.
So is posting the same news article again in a separate thread, the proper thing would've been to append it to the existing one.
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So is posting the same news article again in a separate thread, the proper thing would've been to append it to the existing one.

Except the search function is teh fail, and didn't find any other relevant posts.... I think this thread has enough trolling on the issue; we got the point already several posts ago Back on topic, word from the G4 forums suggest that the next-gen EEE PC may incorporate this technology... that'd be awesome to start, but I want to see it hit desktops... imagine a single drive bay holding 20TB
    
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