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The Millipede Project: Nanomechanical data storage for mobile applications

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Dr. Erich Rütsche, Head of Business Development, IBM Zürich Research Laboratory
Wednesday, 22 June 2005, 17:15, ETH Zentrum, IFW A 32.1

Given the rapidly increasing data volumes that are downloaded onto mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs, there is a growing demand for suitable storage media with more and more capacity. In the project "millipede", scientists at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory have assembled a nanomechanical storage system. Using revolutionary technology the system achieves data storage densities of more than one terabit (1000 gigabit) per square inch, equivalent to storing the content of 25 DVDs on an area the size of a postage stamp.

Technical product feasibility in terms of storage density, performance and reliability has been demonstrated in recent experiments. While current storage technologies are gradually approaching fundamental limits, the nanomechanical approach has enormous development potential: storage densities corresponding to the size of molecular structures may even be possible. In the presentation the technology will be introduced and compared with competing existing products such as hard disc drives and Flash.

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