Ferroelectric breakthrough could mean millions of GB in your pocket

Ferroelectric breakthrough could mean millions of GB in your pocket

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Looking for a thumb drive that stores everything you want to store? 1GB, or 5GB not enough for you? How about 12,800,000GB? Researchers at two universities – Drexel and Penn – have come up with a way to stabilize ferroelectricity at the nano scale. That means you could store data at capacities of about 12,800,000GB per cubic centimeter. All it took, as it turns out, is water. Ferroelectric materials can switch electric charges in dipole moments, making them useful in storage. Immersing the materials in water let those dipole moments be screened at the small scales needed.

Don’t get too excited just yet. This technology is likely a long way off. The researchers still need to figure out a good way of assembling the nanowires that would be needed, then develop the best method to read and write data. Like most nanotechnology announcements this is more about what is eventually possible than what is currently probable. Still, think of what we could store…

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