New Write-Once Polymer Memory Technology

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Princeton and HP Labs announce

New Plastic memory technology


Princeton and HP Labs Unveil New Plastic Memory Technology

By Matthew Fordahl

AP Technology Writer

posted: 11:28 am ET

13 November 2003

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A new memory technology promises to store more data at less cost than the expensive-to-build silicon chips used by popular consumer gadgets including digital cameras, cell phones and portable music players.

The magical ingredient isn't smaller transistors or an exotic material cooked up by the semiconductor industry.

It's a plastic.

Researchers at Princeton University and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP Labs developed the memory, technically a hybrid that contains a plastic film, a flexible foil substrate and some silicon. The findings appear in the journal Nature on Thursday.

Unlike flash memory found in consumer devices, the new technology can be written to only once, though it can be read many times. It acts in that respect like a non-rewriteable compact disc. But the new memory, which retains data even when there's no power, won't require a power-hungry laser or motor to read or write, and promises more capacity.

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not likely to replace RAM or Flash memory today, but after a few tomorrows...

likely will end up used for ROM info, and perhaps for 'unalterable' photo content, legal docs, etc

woo... gigaquads of optilinear holographic storage for Data to resort

particularly when you mix it with research in 99 and 2000 and 2001 into holographic storage of pages of data in polymer.

multiple google results here

on the downside... another memory format to support
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