Atomic Memory Could Be The Future Of Data Storage

Data consumption, data transfer, and data storage needs are on the rise. We can thank social media, high speed Internet, the cloud, and smart devices for it. The demand for data storage capacity and speed is growing rapidly and innovators are looking to solve this challenge in different ways.

Microsoft researchers are already working on a Synthetic DNA data storage that could provide an option of persistent data storage that could last forever.

Scientists as the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands however have another idea. They are using atoms to store data that could become the future of cloud data storage, according to news published by Nature.

From the news: 

The atomic storage stored at negative 196 °C, the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, uses chlorine atoms into square grids on a copper surface. Grid has some filled and some empty slots that allows atoms to move around to help search and retrieve data. Each line on a grid encodes one byte.

“It’s by far the largest assembly on an atomic scale that’s ever been created, and it outperforms state-of-the-art hard disk drives by orders of magnitude in data capacity,” says lead study author Sander Otte.

The atomic storage is not ready for primetime yet but if successful, it will allow hundreds of terabytes of data into a cube the size of a grain of salt.