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Schrön Loop  
  Small data storage device; a USB chip that stores terabytes.  

This item is a data storage device, capable of storing all of the information in a planetary datasphere in just a very small (cubic inch) space. This item reminds me of the small USB data devices that plug into PCs for quick download and storage - this is basically how the device is used in the novel.

The Schrön loop was tiny, no larger than my thumbnail, and very expensive. It held countless field-bubble memories, each capable of holding near infinite bits of information. Schrön loops could not be accessed by the biological carrier and thus were used for courier purposes. A man or woman could carry AIs or complete planetary dataspheres in a Schrön loop.
Technovelgy from Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.
Published by Doubleday in 1989
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In the novel, the device is implanted in one of the characters as a storage device; the character cannot access the data.

Compare to the Welton cube from Time Enough For Love (1973) by Robert Heinlein.

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  - Revault Wearable Private Cloud Is Too Vaporous
  - Six Terabyte Solid State Drive Just 2.5 Inches
  - 100 Terabyte Exadrive SSD Also Has Biggest Price

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