Researchers at Scotland's Edinburgh University have developed a new method of storing data in MP3 players and smartphones, which could lead to the development of lower power and faster devices.
According to The Herald Scotland, the researchers have developed a miniature mechanical arm that translates data into signals, which are then stored as binary code.
The device supposedly uses significantly less power and is faster than traditional memory storage devices, which could lead to reducing the rate of power drainage for mobile products like smartphones or MP3 players.
The researchers explained that the new device stores data by measuring current that passes through a carbon based nanotube. The stored data's binary value is determined by an electrode which controls the flow of the current that passes through the nanotube.
“This is a novel approach to designing memory storage devices. Using a mechanical method combined with the benefits of nanotechnology enables a system with superior speed and energy efficiency compared to existing devices,” Professor Eleanor Campbell of Edinburgh University, said in a statement.
“With this device you have much faster switching on and off, which you do not have with conventional memory-storage devices,” she added.
The technology could be used in portable digital music players, cameras and smartphones to boost battery life and performance.