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April 17th, 2005

Universal Memory

Nantero CEO Greg Schmergel holds a circular wafer of silicon, about the size of a compact disc, sealed in an acrylic container. Itís a piece of hardware that stores 10 billion bits of ≠digi≠tal information, but whatís remarkable about it is the way it does it. Each bit is encoded not by the electric charge on a circuit element, as in conventional electronic ≠memory, nor by the direction of a magnetic field, as in hard drives, but by the physical orientation of nanoscale structures. This technology could eventually allow vastly greater amounts of data to be stored on computers and mobile devices.


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