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Terabyte Thumbdrives on the Horizon

Posted by rjbiii on October 29, 2007

Wired has an interesting article on research into the development of a low-cost, low-power storage technology by researchers at Arizona State University that “could put terabyte-sized thumbdrives in consumers’ pockets within a few years.” From the article:

Thanks to a new technique for manipulating charged copper particles at the molecular scale, researchers at Arizona State University say their memory is, bit-for-bit, one-tenth the cost of — and 1,000 times as energy-efficient as — flash memory, the predominant memory technology in iPhones and other mobile devices.

“A thumb drive using our memory could store a terabyte of information,” says Michael Kozicki, director of ASU’s Center for Applied Nanoionics, which developed the technology. “All the current limitations in portable electronic storage could go away. You could record video of every event in your life and store it.”

As Legal, business, and IT staff craft policies and procedures designed to manage everything occurring on data enterprises, and everything removed from them, technology continues to make the job more difficult by developing better (and more portable) storage devices, and more collaborative applications. A terabyte in your pocket…wow.

At the same time, flash technology continues to improve, although we may be near its physical limit, and solid state disks are being touted as a possible alternative.

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