1 billion bits of data per square inch

In April 1996 an American computer company IBM (International Business Machines) of Armonk, NY, USA, introduced a disk drive that could hold / store 1 billion bits of data per square. Portable computers were the first to use this small-format disk drive technology.

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Date:
      April 1996
Company:
      IBM (International Business Machines)
Location:
      Armonk, NY, USA
Technology:
      Disk Drives with storage of 1 billion bits of data per square


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