Researchers set new record for Ferroelectric data storage

Ferroelectric isn’t just a ridiculously fun word to say, it might just also be the future of computing. While that possibility is still a ways off, researchers have been making considerable progress in recent years, and a team from Japan’s Tohoku University has now set a new record for ferroelectric data storage. That was accomplished with the aid of a scanning nonlinear dielectric microscope, which allowed the researchers to hit a data density of 4 trillion bits per square inch. As you might expect, the exact process is a bit complicated — involving a pulse generator that’s used to alter the electrical state of tiny dots on the ferroelectric medium — but the researchers say that the technology is a leading candidate to replace magnetic hard drives and flash memory, or “at least in applications for which extremely high data density and small physical volume is required.” Unfortunately, they aren’t going so far as to speculate when that might happen.


SanDisk inks $1 billion deal with Toshiba, Samsung still eyeing company

Toshiba and SanDisk have been in a number of joint ventures for some time now, but it looks like the two companies are now starting what could be a more drawn out break-up process, with SanDisk announcing today that it’s selling 30% of its manufacturing capacity outright to Toshiba in a $1 billion deal. For the time being at least, the two will remain 50/50 partners in the remaining 70% of the companies’ joint factories,

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