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UK boffins unveil $35 '2300GB on a PC Card' RAM breakthrough
A team of UK researchers from Keele University have developed a
"three-dimensional memory system"
which, they claim, offers the highest storage densities ever achieved.
In fact, the technology can squeeze 2300GB into a PC Card-sized device,
according to yesterday's
Mail on Sunday.
And the system is scalable so that even a wristwatch could contain
100GB of storage capacity.
And alongside the technological breakthrough came a rare example of
British entrepreneurship: Keele
and capital management company Cavendish Management Resources (CMR)
have formed a JV, Keele
High Density, to market and license the technology. We Brits have long
had a reputation of coming up
with cracking innovations but being completely unable to exploit them.
CMR MD Mike Downey was particularly bullish about the innovation,
describing it as "big as the
creation of the microchip". He predicted the technology would eliminate
the hard drive, and that once
the new memory system goes into production, units will cost only #35 to
Maybe, but that may be a little way off. The technology, which,
according to the MoS report, exploits
the storage properties of a new family of alloys, is currently awaiting
various patents to be granted --
which is probably why the team isn't too keen on discussing how it
works. Further development work
needs to be done to get the technology ready for mass production.
However, the researchers, led by Professor Ted Williams, who cuts a Sir
Clive Sinclair-style figure but
can at least, having led the development of the nuclear magnetic
resonance scanner, claim to have
invented something useful, said the technology can be easily
incorporated into existing computer
'2300GB on a PC Card' RAM technology: more details
More details have emerged regarding the amazing '2300GB on a PC Card'
developed by a Keele University team led by the remarkable Professor
(Even as we speak, Register scriptwriters are working on the pilot
episode of Prof. Ted, Craggy Island's
very own quantum mechanic: "Feck! Girls! Many-particle Wave
The team's system crams 86GB of data storage per square centimetre of
physical medium, and uses a
magneto-optical system to read, erase and write data within the solid
state system. That allows, claim
the researchers, a data access rate of 100Mbps.
We also learn that Cavendish Management Resources (CMR), which is
providing the business brains
behind the Keele/CMR joint venture, Keele High Density, is also
pioneering the following scientific
curiousities, among others:
"Zodee -- A disposable toilet cleaning device which avoids the hygiene
problems associated with
conventional toilet brushes. With major application in hotels and
hospitals, this product is likely to be of
interest to manufacturers, and downstream processors, of paper tissue."
The Register says: Expect Intel to launch its Downstream processor Real
"Disposal Speculum -- A unique inflatable vaginal speculum which cost
effectively solves the problems
of current instruments. This project has caused worldwide interest from
manufacturers of medical
disposables, and is likely to make a major impact on the speculum
The Register says: We always preferred the Sinclair Speculum.
"Light Weight Wheel -- A totally new concept for a combined light
weight wheel/hub, likely to be of
interest to manufacturers of automotive wheels and/or hubs."
The Register says: Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know
CMR is promoting something called X-Cel. We're not sure what it is --
something to do with concrete,
apparently -- but we're told Bill Gates already has his lawyers onto it...
RANDAL A. KOENE
PhD4, Neural Modeling Lab, Department of Psychology - McGill University
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