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A persistent spin helix sounds like a possessed washing machine rather than a doorway to a massive overhaul in the speed of computer electronics. Yet that's the science behind a breakthrough by IBM boffins, who have used spintronics to store persistent binary data. Computers rely on electrical charge to hold binary information …


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  1. Mike 140

    Reminds me of a spoof storage device from the early 70s that was going to replace disks – spherical storage. Complete with its own set of hardware instructions. I can only remember a few, no balls, twirl balls, and of course, all balls

    1. Oliver Mayes

      Any relation to the ads for write-only memory? Write once, impossible to read. Perfect security.

  2. frank ly

    I predict that ....

    ... within a year, this will be ready for commercial production within five years.

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    It is not in the Bible

    Does the bible say anything about electrons? NO! So this is the devils work and should be banned, devils burned and their books destroyed like the Library of Alexandria.. Let the dark ages roll, JESUS!!!!..LOL... Televangelists/religious nuts!

  4. KjetilS
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    This is what happens when companies actually pour money into research, instead of litigation.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Yeah but

      IBM Zürich actually CAN DO pretty fundamental research and has a tradition doing so.

      Others will do less fundamental research but still come up with good stuff: better packaging, cheaper production, better and cheaper distribution, optimized user interfaces, better signal processing, a tweaking of the physical layer and possibly even novel ways to sell stuff. All of which are important. Sometimes however, perversion reigns and "innovators" start researching rounded corners...

    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Awesome

      Agree, IBM is doing work in the storage space. They also just released real time, non-disruptive block compression in their SVC head.

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