The Magnetic Revolution Unfolding in Data Storage and Computing

There are a number of new breakthroughs in recent months in magnetics that could significantly change the very approach to data storage, and even computing in general.. Here are a few of the breakthroughs as described (in part) by Network World.

Breakthroughs in magnetism will change storage and computing

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…..

Magnetic system turns heat into motion

Also announced late last year, this time by Exeter University, is a new magnetic system that turns heat into motion. The physics-based transformation could turn out to be a practical way of running minuscule IoT device actuators and sensors……

Copying the brain

A third invention, also announced last November, is a way to write magnetic patterns onto nanowires. That could aid computers in functioning by mimicking the human brain, claim its researchers at Imperial College London……

Saving power using low-power magnetic storage

Also, don’t forget the couple of inventions I wrote about last summer: Low-power magnetic storage may be obtainable through a kind of magnetic rotation called chirality — the magnetic waves rotate in a vortex a bit like how water drains through a plug, which the inventors claim saves power……

Harnessing magnetic disturbances

Finally, one can add to the list a new way to harness small disturbances in magnetic orientation. It rounds out the pack of new technologies. The “swirls” of magnetic disruptions, called “skyrmions,” MIT News wrote in October, can store data for a long time without one having to add energy…….

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