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Ideas and knowledge are the lifeblood of IBM.

Every step of the process by which products and services are created and enhanced, poses new challenges. The solutions are not in textbooks. Meeting these challenges requires discovery and innovation. The predictable progress of technology rests on the unpredictability of insight and creativity. IBM Research meets this challenge by bringing together some of the most talented people in the world and giving them the freedom to explore new pathways. Research's many stellar achievements are evidence of its success.

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Take a closer look at IBM Almaden over the years with a detailed timeline that explores each achievement, discovery and breakthrough.

1977

1983

1986

Flowchart image

1988

1989

"I-B-M" in Xenon atoms

1990

1991

1993

FPO

1994

TrackPoint III pointing device

1995

1996

1997

FPO

1998

IBM Microdrive

1999

IBM Microdrive

2000

IBM Microdrive

2001

Molecule image

2002

Molecule image

2003

Storage virtualization image

2004

FPO

2005

Intelligent Bricks project prototype, "IceCube."

2006

Optical lithography image

2007

Molecular imaging image

2008

Racetrack memory schematic

2009

Brain scan image

2010

STM image