You can never be too thin…

Posted on October 9, 2007

… and sometimes you might even get a Nobel prize for it.

Fathers of mp3 industry, France’s Albert Fert and German Peter Gruenberg win the Nobel prize in physics for independently discovering a physical effect in 1988 which has led to hard disks being as we know them today. Nanotechnology gives sensitive read-out heads for compact hard disks, sensitivity that lets the electronics industry use smaller and smaller disks.

“The MP3 and iPod industry would not have existed without this discovery,” Borje Johansson, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences told The Associated Press. “You would not have an iPod without this effect.”

Further on, quotes Phil Schewe, a physicist and spokesman for the American Institute of Physics, who said the prize honored a terrific combination of great physics and huge practical application:

“I can hardly think of an application that has a bigger bang than the magnetic hard drive industry. Every one of us probably owns three or four or five devices, probably more, that depend on billions of bits of information stored on something the size of a dime.”

I’ve learned about this effect in university. Probably different storage systems will appear and other incredible :) ways of reading data will be developed, but indeed Fert and Gruenberg’s discovery actually made a point in the last 20 year computer industry.

Remember the first 5MB hard-disk?

Now that’s evolution….

Speaking of which, where do you think we’re heading in this quest for “you can never be too thin” Apple approach, the actual trend for everything in electronics and computer business?

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