University puts British Library on a chip

Ted Williams, emeritus professor of electronic engineering, has patented a solid state memory system which has a capacity of 86GB per square centimetre of surface area, said Mike Downey, managing director of Cavendish Management Resource, the company that has been contracted to handle all commercial aspects of the technology.

"It uses a magneto-optical system which is similar to the CD-ROM and can be used as computer and processor memory for credit cards and smart cards, among other things. There is enough capacity to fit 3.4TB of memory within the surface area of a credit card," Downey said.

The cost of producing the chip is estimated to be less than 30 pounds ($80) per unit with the physical size (if the chip uses the computer's processor) measuring 3 centimetres by 3 centimetres, with a height of 1.5 centimetres, Downey said.

According to Downey, Williams and his team have invented four technologies to increase the capacity of computer memory. One patent has been already been granted for the technology that compresses text stored in binary form, and patent applications have been filed for other parts of the system, Downey said.

Downey estimates that the chip could be made ready for the market within two years. Though partners are being sought, Downey declined to name any companies that have expressed an interest in the memory system.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Laura Rohde

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?