Hard drives are getting ever smaller. According to US reports, IBM has developed a one-inch hard drive with a capacity of up to 400Mbytes, costing as little as $200.
But the product is unlikely to arrive until the middle of next year at the earliest, and in the mean time IBM is likely to license the technology to other hardware companies. Seagate is understood to be already in talks about using the design.
The one-inch drive is based on the same magneto-resistive (MR) technology that resulted in Maxtor releasing an 11.5Gbytes drive earlier this week (see Newswire 3 March).
But MR technology, and hard drives in general, may not be long for this world According to this week?s 'New Scientist', a new approach, based on quantum technology, will displace conventional MR within the next two years.
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