The next generation of hard drives may not use magnetic bits at all. IBM is researching a radical new way of storing data.
Codenamed 'Millipede', the new technique stores information using an array of thousands of tiny, nanosharp hot pins. The pins melt a plastic sheet to make indentations that are 10 nanometres wide. These holes represent the data.
|Artist's impression of the 'Millipede' data storage system.|