Storing data at the atomic level can pack over 62TB into a single square inch

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Science can now pack the entire Library of Congress six times into a one square inch space.

Storage tech keeps evolving at a rate that’s sort of staggering, getting smaller in physical size while expanding memory to staggering levels. In the latest development scientists have figured out how to pack 62.5TB of information into a single square inch. For perspective the entire print collection of the Library of Congress is 10TB.

According to the Engadget the technology is made possible by moving chlorine atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope on copper atoms to create blocks of data. Sadly, it’s going to be a while before any of us get to have a library physically in our iPhone. Currently the atomic scale storage only works under perfectly clean and extremely cold conditions. However, as with all storage, it will eventually get easier, cheaper, and more flexible to use. You’ll just have to wait a little longer before your 62.5TB iPhone comes out.

You can watch a video about this data storage breakthrough below.

H/T Engadget

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