Are Isolinear Chips Going To Become A Reality?


Scientists at the University of Southampton have created a storage medium similar to the isolinear chip of Star Trek.

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In Star Trek isolinear chips are clear storage devices on which massive amounts of data can be stored.  The chips are first seen as being used to power the warp core on the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Isolinear chips continued to be used in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.

Now it looks like the isolinear chip may be making the jump from science fiction to science fact. A team at the University of Southampton have created what they call a 5D storage device made using nanostructured glass that could store data for billions of years. Each tiny 5D storage device can store up to 360TB and will probably last longer than the human race.

This is another cool example of science fiction tech from Star Trek slowly making its way to science reality.  In the 1960’s Kirk and Spock’s communicators were a piece of complete fiction, and now we all have personal cell phones.

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