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In a development that could have serious implications for your future iPod, IBM (IBM) has announced a possible breakthrough in the ability to store large amounts of data in a minute amount of space. Scientists from IBM have shown that a single atom can maintain its […]

In a development that could have serious implications for your future iPod, IBM (IBM) has announced a possible breakthrough in the ability to store large amounts of data in a minute amount of space.

iPodScientists from IBM have shown that a single atom can maintain its magnetic direction. And while this may mean nothing to the average Joe, IBM is touting this discovery as a future storage method for all kinds of data. According to the company scientists, atoms would be ideal for storing the “1s” and “0s” that encompass the current storage of movies, music and more. But while this may sound great, don’t hold your breath — the culmination of this technology, according to the in-house researchers, is still many years off.

That said, it doesn’t stop us from considering the possibilities, now does it? According to the scientists, this new technique would allow you to store up to 30,000 movies in a device about the size of an iPod. If that’s true, just imagine the amount of storage possible on a TiVo, DVR and even a computer. Simply put, the days of counting movie hours to assess storage capabilities could finally be abandoned in favor of counting movies themselves.

If these IBM scientists can capitalize on their findings, GBs may soon pale in comparison to atoms and molecules.

  1. The result of this and other storage advances is that capacity becomes completely commoditised. Any device will be able to store more than you need and so comparison will be obsolete. The focus then moves to competition on other feature sets, particularly for me, the seamlessness with which data can be synchonised across devices.

  2. Or I suppose, the notion that storgae will become truly separate from the device (plug and play).

  3. Marshall Kirkpatrick Friday, August 31, 2007

    Funny, I was just reading a much dumber account of this story over at, believe it or not, the British Computer Society. Some genius writer over there says the story is that “YouTube could fit on single atom!” And that “structures built from clusters of atoms could hold up to 30,000 movies, equivalent to the entire content on YouTube.” Imagine that, structures built from clusters of atoms! To think that the current method of storage at YouTube (cotton candy? made without atoms?) isn’t the ultimate method!

    Maybe I’m missing something in that write up, but NewTeeVee seems like a much more intelligent source to me! :)

  4. Thanks Marshall!

  5. trademark registration Sunday, December 9, 2007

    Wow. This sounds amazing. Being able to store 1s and 0s on atoms would be one of the most profound advancements in technology ever.

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