Breakthroughs in magnetism will change storage and computing


If you thought storage was trending towards solid-state mediums and that magnetic drives were edging out, you may want to pause a moment. A slew of scientific breakthroughs in magnetism as it relates to storage and computing were announced last year.

The multiple Eureka moments could change how we compute and perform Internet of Things and might, in one case, introduce magnet-driven neural networks — which is computing that mimics how the brain processes things.

3D magnets

First on the list was last November’s announcement of the invention of 3D nano-magnets that shift data transfers from traditional two dimensions to three dimensions. This kind of add-on could significantly increase storage and processing functions, say its inventors at the University of Cambridge in an article published by Sinc.

It’s “the development of a completely new generation of magnetic devices,” says Amalio Fernández-Pacheco. They “can store move and process information in a very efficient way by exploiting the three dimensions of space.”

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