04575822 is referenced by 121 patents and cites 6 patents.

Disclosed is a digital memory in which data is stored by establishing perturbations in a surface of a substrate and thereafter identifying the perturbations by establishing a tunnel electron current between the surface of the substrate and a movable probe. The perturbations can be physical, electrical, or magnetic, for example, such that the tunneling electron current is affected thereby. Storage area for a bit of data can be reduced to the order of 10.sup.-4 square microns, and the volume of a 100 megabyte mass storage can be reduced to the order of a cubic centimeter.

Title
Method and means for data storage using tunnel current data readout
Application Number
6/466563
Publication Number
4575822
Application Date
February 15, 1983
Publication Date
March 11, 1986
Inventor
Calvin F Quate
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert
Assignee
The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University
CA, US
IPC
G11C 11/34
G11C 7/00
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