Saturday, April 08, 2006

Magnetics get a new lease on life

With optical storage pulling into the terabytes region it looked like magnetic storage might be going the way of the dinosaur. But now a new bit format might just push that paradigm out for a few more years. If the technique described in the link above were to use so called "Squish and Flash" or nano-imprint lithography (NIL) instead of electron beam epitaxy it could be brought into commercial production in a short enough time to temporarily beat out optical. NIL is already being used to fashion some optronic devices and Intel and IBM have been investigating it for at least some of their future uses. NIL in it's current form is especially effective in any process which requires only one or two sets of patterns applied as would be the case with a storage device.

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