Single Atom Hard Drive

IBM Single Atom Hard Drive

IBM has turned a single atom into the world's smallest hard drive. To get it ready, the atom was magnetized, cooled, and stored in a vacuum. From there, the team was able to store a single bit of data on it, proving that single atom magnetic memory is possible.

Single Atom Hard Drive

Technology like this will someday lead to credit card sized hard drives that can hold 30 million songs each. IBM used its Nobel prize winning Scanning Tunneling Microscope for the experiment. 

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