Somewhat lost in the rush of news coming out of the CeBIT tradeshow last month was IBM’s announcement of a new method of storing data that will fit more than 1 terabit into a single square inch.
The Millipede concept is a new approach for storing data at high speed and ultra-high density. It is not a modification of an existing Storage technology.
Data is stored by thousands of tiny silicon tips making “dimples” in nanometer-thick polymer film. It’s this multitude of tips that gives Millipede its name.
In the lab, IBM scientists have achieved 400-to-500 gigabytes in a square inch.
As it uses very little power, this technology is well suited for use in mobile devices.
Sadly, according to ZDnet, the first Millipede cards and readers won’t be available for a couple of years.
The first products are likely to be about the size of an SD card and capable of storing 100 GB of data.
More information on Millipede is available on IBM’s web site.