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Feb 10, 2012

Heat-Based Recording Could Boost Magnetic Drive Speed

Magnetic fields are pretty nifty for levitating stuff, carving sponge-like thingamajigs and, of course, data storage. But an international team led by the University of York in the UK has figured out a way to replace magnetic fields for the latter by using ultra-short heat pulses instead. Conventional thinking typically dictates that an external magnetic field is required to store data on a magnetic medium. By using heat, however, researchers were able to record terabytes of information per second in a way that is also more energy-efficient compared to current hard drive technology. As for the time it'll take for the tech to make it to market, well, we have a feeling it won't be as fast. More here.

7 comments:

SUCEN said...

Cool..

YeamieWaffles said...

Great news! Magnetic drive speed's quite something!

Shockgrubz said...

Wow! That's some crazy fast transfers. If this gets cheaper, I hope the savings will trickle down to the end user.

Cal said...

With Moore's law I wonder what's going to be coming.

The Offender said...

Well cooling is going to be even more of a bitch.

R said...

That's amazing!

Atley said...

I thought the way of the future was clearly Solid State drives, But if this is true then Optical drives will probably stick around for another few years.