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Future Chip To Be BIG

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Posted April 11, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

There’s a tasty new chip in town.

No, not dreamy Chip Z'Nuff of '80s hair metal vets Euff Z'Nuff.

No, not a remake of ‘70s TV show Chips.

No, not an all new Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie (pictured on the right).

It’s a new digital storage chip that will enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs -- or 3,500 films -- and costs far less to produce. At present the biggest iPod -- the 160GB iPod Classic – can only store 40,000 songs. 


In a paper published in the current issue of Science, Scientists at IBM research in San Jose, California, said that devices which use the new technology would require much less power, would run on a single battery charge for "weeks at a time," and would last for decades. 

Using “racetrack” memory and the “spin” of an electron to store data, this chip can operate even quicker than regular hard drives. And like flash memory it has no moving parts. But unlike flash, it can 'write data' -- or store information -- very quickly, and does not wear out. 

IBM said the technology was still "exploratory" at this stage, but that it expected devices which used it to be on the market within a decade.

This is great, because I actually have well over 3,500 “adult films” I need to store somewhere, and my dirty sock drawer is getting full!

Technology.timesonline.co.uk: The new chip that will let an iPod store 500,000 songs

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