The Register yesterday had a story about the claims of a company called Atom Chip who claim to have developed a non-volatile storage mechanism using ‘Quantum-Optical’ technology.
This is all fine so far, as researchers have been investigating the use of quantum mechanics for computing for a number of years, and optical storage mechanisms have also been talked about for a while now. What is causing the fuss is that they have a laptop supposedly for sale ‘soon’ on their website that boasts the following specs:
- 6.8Ghz CPU with 256MB onchip RAM
- RAM: 1TB – Quantum-Optical non-volatile RAM (NvIOpSRAM-SODIMM 200-pin)
- Storage: 2TB non-volatile Quantum RAM (NvIOpRAM-ATA IDE)
If those specs don’t turn some heads I don’t know what. Firstly, why anyone would need or want 1TB RAM in a laptop is beyond me. A portable super-computer perhaps? The second point is that even the 64bit version of XP is limited to addressing only 128GB of RAM, so to suggest that XP running on this machine can use 1TB of RAM maybe an impossibility, unless they are working with Microsoft to produce a special version of XP to run on this machine.
2TB of non-volatile, disk-less storage – wow, now that is impressive. Problem is, how do I backup 2TB of storage, and to what medium? Thousands of backup tapes?
There has been a huge thread over at Slashdot ripping this claim apart as bogus, but if it is a hoax then they have gone to some great lengths to put together the story. The most curious thing is that the company has a booth at CES 2006 to show off their new hardware – could this be bogus too?