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Photos: IBM's Millipede packs a punch

At CeBit, IBM showed off a prototype storage technology which can hold the equivalent of 25 DVDs on an area the size of a postage stamp.

Millipede packs a punch

At CeBit, IBM showed off a prototype storage technology called Millipede. Big Blue says the MEMS (micro-electrical-mechanical system) device can hold far more data per square inch than can magnetic systems.

Credit: IBM Research

Millipede

Millipede packs a punch

The Millipede prototype uses a two-dimensional array of silicon probes, or cantilevers, and a micro-mechanical scanner, which moves the storage medium relative to the array. For reading, writing and erasing of data, the cantilever tips are brought into contact with the storage medium.

Credit: IBM Research

Millipede

Millipede packs a punch

This circuit board prototype holds the electronics for addressing 20 cantilevers in various areas of the chip. The Millipede chip package is mounted on the green card (top center).

Credit: IBM Research

Millipede

Millipede packs a punch

The computer screen shows indentations (top) representing bits and the corresponding electrical signals below.

Credit: IBM Research