TGDaily.com reports that the evil geniuses at IBM have created a 12-atom storage device.
IBM has discovered how to store a bit of information in just 12 atoms, compared with the million or so normally required.
The technique, based on ferromagnetism, could in future allow smaller, faster and more energy-efficient devices to be built.
“The chip industry will continue its pursuit of incremental scaling in semiconductor technology but, as components continue to shrink, the march continues to the inevitable end point: the atom,” says Andreas Heinrich, lead investigator into atomic storage at IBM Research.
“We’re taking the opposite approach and starting with the smallest unit – single atoms – to build computing devices one atom at a time.”
In other tech news, progress has all but halted in the effort to create a Twitter app that doesn’t suck.