The science already spawned breakthroughs in computer memory. Parkin’s work in 1989 led to the development of giant magneto-resistive heads that powered a generation of hard disk drives.
Since then Parkin’s work spawned interest in magneto-resistive RAM that some see as a possible replacement for both DRAM and flash. IBM developed an MRAM prototype in 1999, is currently developing a 16 Mbit chip, and has a development effort with Micron on the topic, though Parkin declined to discuss its status.
Separately, Parkin leads work on so-called racetrack memory, another candidate for a future universal memory, one that promises densities that could rival hard disk drives. The racetrack work is going “extremely well,” said Parkin.
“We have some new materials to create more narrow domain walls and thinner racetracks with lower current densities--I call it Racetrack 2.0,” Parkin said, noting it could still take three to five years to prove the technology is feasible for commercial use.
“We need to build prototype devices that operate reliably over a long time and make the characteristics similar so all the racetracks behave the same way,” Parkin added. “Currently we are working on lab prototypes of individual racetracks exploring their physics and materials."
Kevin Roche, lead automation engineer at the IBM lab, keeps the systems running and hosted out tour. The console shows the four vacuum chambers in the $3 million lab.
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this is a warehourse indeed.
these equipments are not dependent /connected, ie. they don't have to be packed so close.
Is IBM lab so short of space? maybe, or maybe they just want to wow those outsiders.
If you take any fab tool's cover off it will look same or more complex.
this just shows how inexperienced Rick is.
These vacuum deposition are notorious for lots of pipes and cables.
At one point, IBM actually had to excavate out a space below the floor of one of the systems to maintain it and add some capabilities to the chamber.
some old folks of IBM lab should switch to a college or sth instead of hanging around and squeezing out nonsense.
this one i'm not 100% sure, but for the other IBM achievement --the 10k nanotube microchip, I can tell you safely it's a piece of junk, completely hoax.
Such mess indicates 'disorganization' and related 'inefficiency' (drag and impeded progress) to me in most cases. Hey, where is that damn 'xxxxxxx' I need and been searching for all day and where can I find it if we even have one? I've entered some extremely messy development lab and seen it all. Personally cleaned up and organized the lab for 4 weeks and started (continued) a manufacturing process development with results and success within one year and this after 4 years of neglect, frustration and failure by the previous 'undisciplined' R&D crew.
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