Kudos to IBM: “Racetrack Memory”

Was tripping through Google News this afternoon and happened upon a story called: New Storage Solutions From IBM @ Efluxmedia. The crux of this article discusses a new memory technology from IBM nicknamed “racetrack memory.” What is “racetrack memory” you say?

Racetrack memory, as I understand it, works by “using tiny magnetic boundaries to store data.” (Eflux Media). It evidently allows for storage solutions 100 times bigger than their NAND/NOR/SLC/MLC bretheren. The focus of the technology relies on “spintronics” which, according to much smarter people than I, relies on “the storage of bits generated by the magnetic spin of electrons vs. the differential of their charges.” (Eflux Media). It “has no wear-out mechanism and so can be rewritten endlessly without any wear and tear.” (CRN) This flies right in the face of SSDs and their wear-leveling technologies (i.e. Symmetrix SSDs) and offers a cheaper, longer-living solution to data storage.

If you want to learn more, you can bounce over to where there’s a YouTube video from IBM describing the technology.

that’s all for today.


Quick Edit: this technology is positioned about 6-7 years out. Not to beat on a dead horse or anything, but….I’m pretty sure EMC will be in this ballgame as well. 😉 (4/13/08 @ 10:40 AM EST)

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2 Responses to Kudos to IBM: “Racetrack Memory”

  1. […] All in all, this is my take: EMC might be in the unenviable position of paying royalties to Seagate for using STEC’s SSDs in their Symmetrix arrays, further increasing the end-user costs. With this in mind, how about a little “racetrack memory” to solve this problem? […]

  2. Piyush says:

    The IBM Racetrack is still 10 years away from commercial data storage and people are already salivating over what it will do to their iPODs. The iPODs will probably become classic antiques by then.

    When storage capacity increases to the extent offered by IBM, enterprises will also have to look beyond present data transfer speeds offered by broadband internet and company Ethernet. Currently, the focus from next month will be on holographic data storage from InPhase.

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