Today is an era of innovative technological advancements. The researchers along with the various organizations are constantly in a state for the hunt of new ways to make the world a technology based environment to help the human race as well as the environment itself. No matter how much storage space we are provided with, it’s just not enough. So IBM, the innovative company, has come up with something interesting.
Computational dependency is at a higher demand; therefore the researchers at the IBM have come up with a new single atom which can store a huge amount of data. The Almaden lab present in the Silicon Valley of IBM is the brainchild behind this way of storing data for in the future.
According to IBM, they plan to store a single bit of data using just a single atom in comparison to the 100,000 atoms required by the hard drives. The development of this atom is like making it possible to store about 30 to 40 Million songs in a medium similar to the size of a credit card. Or you could carry your entire personal data in a smartwatch.
The atom to bring this project to life is holmium. The researchers at IBM have found out techniques to magnetize every single atom of the element holmium. The major reason behind magnetizing is that the two poles created acts as the 1s and 0s. The magnesium oxide surface holds the holmium atoms together at about 5 Kelvin. After this, the researchers passed an electric current through the atoms which resulted in the flipping of the poles. The fixed poles of the atom could be checked and stated as 1s or 0s using a single iron atom. This importantly helps to replicate the read and written data on a magnetic hard drive.
Testing the atomic-computation, the researchers thought of going to the extremes of using atoms to see the outcomes of technology. This magnetic bit can be the next generation magnetic memory or the soul of the tapes and hard drives. For now, the most important question is—whether this technology is going to be feasible when it becomes commercial? How are the computer manufacturers going to use this technology? These questions can be answered only when the researchers come with a working model.
Thus, IBM wants to find a storage medium that does not require you to delete the earlier data to make room for new ones.