If you know anything about Moore’s Law then you have probably heard a lot of hubbub about 32nm this and 25nm that when it comes to the limits we’re discovering in processor development and storage space. If you’re less familiar with the terms I’m throwing around, all you need to keep track of is that smaller is better, because it means you can fit more transistors on a smaller space and get a more efficient processor in the end.
From what we currently know, the 20nm barrier is where things start to get a little hairy, as the distance between each node becomes too microscopic for us to process on top of and the boundaries of the physical world start to get in the way of human ambition. Up until now this law has applied to the world of processors the same it does storage, but today all of that could change as a company acquired by Western Digital, HGST, announced they have produced data patterns as small as 10nm using a new technology known as “nanonlithography”, which we here at T3KD are sure is just as simple as it sounds.
The process, which was developed alongside silicon startup Molecular Imprints, Inc. doesn’t use the current methods of disk printing, as that is still limited by the size of how small they can get light wavelengths. It was moving beyond this older method that allowed them to achieve the 10nm threshold, and they are excited that their new process could take them even further down the microscopic rabbit hole. With enough backing and proper implementation, HGST says they plan to have these drives in full-scale commercial production by the end of the decade and see no reason why their method wouldn’t become the standard for all storage space manufacturers by the year 2035.
Whatever engineer magic it took to get over this hurdle, the news means they have essentially doubled the amount of data that can fit in a single space, potentially creating a whole new frontier of terabyte iPhones and portable petabyte hard drives…
A guy can dream, can’t he?