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IBM Pixie Dust on market now.

  11/7/2001 - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 9:44:33 AM MST Albuquerque, Nm
  By Dustin D. Brand; Owner AMO

Antiferromagnetically coupled (AFC) media means hard drives with hard storage.
  IBM's Pixie Dust, which they named their antiferrormagnetically dust (which is really the element ruthenium), increases densities, and thus adds a major storage upgrade to hard drives. After small initial product launches, IBM gears up for a full steam ahead entry into the market using their (AFC) Pixie Dust.

  Hard Drives already hover around 40-80 GigaBytes standard. The problem is, and has been, stuffing more data into a square inch, rather than simply adding more inches of platter or hard drive plates. IBM solved this problem partially with their Pixie Dust or a three atom thick layer of ruthenium.

  IBM projects hard drive densities to reach 100 Gigabits per square inch by 2003. These increasing densities would translate into hard drives coming close to the 1/2 TerraByte barrier. To place this into perspective; half a terrabyte can store approximately 90 Digital Video Discs (Digital Versatile Discs), or 810 CD-ROMS - essentially a library on a single hard drive.

  While this doesn't quite compare to the work IBM is doing with Holographic storage which translates to terrabytes in the size of a sugar cube; it is still quite impressive.

  "While the rest of the market struggles, our premium technology affords us a different view," said Bill Healy, vice president of marketing for IBM's storage division.

  IBM has several desktop drives ready to ship, one called the Deskstar 120GXP, has a capacity of 120GB for $349 and will be available this month.

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