IBM scientists unveil Racetrack memory chip prototype

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Details of the first real-world test of a new memory chip technology have been revealed by IBM scientists.

The demonstration involved Racetrack memory – a system which stores information as magnetic patterns on tiny wires.

IBM said the technology promised faster data access speeds than were possible using hard drives or flash disks.

Images of the Racetrack chip show a single
column of 40 nanowires, and close-ups of the wires.

However it faces a challenge from other next-generation memory technologies being explored by other companies.

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Earth-like planet found in distant sun’s habitable zone

by December 5, 2011 3:26 PM PST

Earth’s solar system and that of Kepler-22b drawn to scale, showing the habitable zones of both stars and the relative sizes of familiar planets. (Credit: NASA) Read more of this post