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by Mike Zazaian September 8, 2006 - 4:58pm, 6 Comments

Magnetic Vortex

A new technology that uses tornado-like magnetic vortices will enlarge next-generation hard drives to an insurmountable degree.

Magnetic vortexes the size of a red blood cell will change the way computing works in the next generation. The small tornados, capable of storing many terabits of information per square inch, can be applied to hard drives, magnetic processors and memory chips

Lead researcher Carl Rau, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University, suggests that it’s not the technology itself that’s revolutionary, but the way it’s being utilized:

Our high-resolution spin microscope is the exception here. It allows us to map not just the overall vortex, but also the detailed location and orientation of millions of magnetic moments that combine physical forces to create the overall structure.

In comparison to modern electronic devices, magnetic devices that could harness this vortex technology would be faster, smaller, would require less power, create less heat and wouldn’t lose information when a power supply is removed. Consider a Ram Drive that would never lose it’s memory, or wouldn’t need to be plugged in — at several terabits per square inch. It really puts a new spin on the depreciation of computer hardware.

For more super in-depth info on how the technology works, check out the press release.