Scientists Create 'World's Smallest Hard Disk'

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 03:25

Researchers at Delft University's Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have written 1 kilobyte (8,000 bits) of data in an area just 96 nanometers wide and 126 nanometers tall in order to store every book ever written on a tiny device.

According to RT, Dutch scientists succeeded in creating world's smallest hard disk by manipulating chlorine atoms in order to store a kilobyte of data on a microscopic storage drive.

"In theory, this storage density would allow all books ever created by humans to be written on a single post stamp,” lead researcher Sander Otte said in a statement.

As its limitation, although the device is at the top of its class for storage capacity, it lags behind the competition in read/write speed. The memory also needs to be in an ultra-clean vacuum environment and at very low temperature of -196° Celsius (-321° Fahrenheit).

“However, I foresee no physical boundaries that will prevent us from speeding up these processes to similar speeds that are currently seen in [hard disk drives]. It will be a technological challenge for sure, but in terms of physics it should work," Otte told Gizmodo.

Researchers are confident the device is a step in the right direction, and the technology “can be further developed to be used outside the laboratory.”

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