February 29, 2012
THE SMARTPHONES ARE ON THE TRACK:
The Unbreakable Smartphone That Lasts For Weeks Without Recharging: It sounds utopian, but a new kind of memory is going to make your phone drastically more efficient and less prone to breaking down. (Ariel Schwartz, 2/29/12, CoExist)
Stuart Parkin's digital storage research is the reason why the video stored on your cell phone works. It's also the reason why Google and Facebook can build giant data centers. The IBM researcher's work on data storage has changed the way we use electronic devices. Now he's about to do it again--this time, by soaring past Moore's Law with a new kind of memory technology that's 100 times faster and far more energy efficient than what we have now.The technology is called racetrack memory, and eight or so years from now, it might be what's storing data in your laptop or cell phone. Racetrack memory is more stable than flash (which is what Apple is rumored to be using for memory in the next generation of MacBooks), allows for long battery life, and stores unfathomable amounts of data.
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 29, 2012 7:46 PM
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