IBM Develops Chip With 500,000-Song CapacityApr 11th, 2008 | By Elisabeth Lewin | Category: Computer Hardware, General, iPods & Portable Media Players
In a paper published in today’s issue of Science, a team at IBM’s research centre in San Jose, California, said they have developed a new type of digital storage which would enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs – or 3,500 films – and cost far less to produce. Just as a point of reference, 500,000 songs is about 12 years of listening 8 hours a day.
Today’s biggest-capacity iPod, the 160 gigabyte model, can store approximately 40,000 songs.
While the idea of a half-million song library in your pocket is impressive, what might be more mind-blowing (and useful) is the enabling of a whole new level of capabilities on ever smaller mobile devices. Imagine carrying around an office-worth of information in a device the size of a pack of chewing gum…
Devices employing this “racetrack” memory technology, which uses “the spin of an electron to store data,” would require much less power and operate more quickly than a regular hard drive. These devices could operate on a single battery charge for “weeks at a time”, and would last for decades.
IBM said the technology was still in the exploratory stage, but that it anticipates that devices which used the technology to be on the market within ten years.
What would you do with a mobile device that could hold the equivalent of half a million songs?