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Codename: 'Millipede'

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.

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Artist's impression of the 'Millipede' data storage system.
Image: IBM
    Image: Veeco Instruments Inc.

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