As reported here, Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania are harvesting auto-assembled nanowires capable of storing computer data for 100,000 years. Tests showed extremely low power consumption for data encoding (0.7mW per bit). They also indicated the data writing, erasing and retrieval (50 nanoseconds) to be 1,000 times faster than conventional Flash memory. Amazingly, such speeds would eliminate the difference between « active » processor memory and data storage, enabling for instance 0-second transfer boot times.
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