Researchers have recently announced a new type of computer memory that is "500 to 1,000 times faster than flash memory while using half the power."
This has implications for all kinds of portable electronics like digital cameras, phones, mp3 players, and computers. Like flash memory, the new phase-change memory is non-volatile, meaning that it does not require constant power to maintain the information being stored.
Even more exciting, truly speedy, low-power, non-volatile memory could be the final solution to long boot times. Not only would your laptop require way less energy, but it could decrease boot times to hardly noticeable waits and increase the speed of the operating system hugely. Of course, this would only be possible if you could fit the operating system on the phase-change drive, or card, or whatever form it eventually comes in.
But that shouldn't be a problem as the storage density of this new type of memory is roughly twice that of today's flash drives and on par with 2015 projections for flash memory.
This is a preliminary research announcement, being presented at the current session of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) 2006 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco, and it will be some time before this becomes something available in consumer devices.
written by Matt, December 12, 2006
written by NECSST, January 08, 2009
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