I used to follow all the achievements and exploits of the research departments working on advances in non-volatile memories (anything not DRAM). Magneto Resistive materials looked very promising both Magnetic RAM and Ferro-Electric RAM had been worked on for years. But each new project seemed to spur others on to look for different techniques and materials. So the New Scientist has surveyed the landscape and is reporting back it’s findings. What technology will ultimately win the race?
Memory card formats have been a moving target, and as a result have tended to shape the devices that adopted certain formats. In cases like the Sony memory cards, it’s been a way to monopolize the accessory sales market for their devices. But the SD card format at least has been just about agnostic in terms of platform support. Now there’s a new SD card format, hopefully it won’t upset the boat.
One may ask themselves how is it Flash Memory densities are getting so high? The iPhone now uses a single 32GB Flash chip from Toshiba. In the past it would have taken a minimum of 4 chips to reach that amount of storage. The answer is they stack the chips one on top of the other, read more inside:
So what’s the big deal about Super Capacitors? Well, they’re kind of like a battery that never ever loses it’s charge, and when they are wired up in parallel can hold enough power to run the flash on your camera or even power an electric car. But the problem is individually they don’t hold much electricity. So it takes a lot of them if you want to use them on a car. So Electrical Engineers are now turning to Super capacitors as a possible solution. Check it out:
Things are really beginning to heat up now that Toshiba and Samsung are making moves to market new SSD products. Intel is also revising it’s product line by trying to move it’s SSDs to the high end process technology at the 32nm design rule. Moving from 50nm to 32nm is going to increase densities, but […]
Between Toshiba’s ultra flat, stacked Flash chip running on the new Apple iPhone and this announcement from Intel, things are heating up. Hopefully this will help erode the prices of ‘normal’ or ‘practical’ sized SSDs.
Going back a few weeks I dug up this article about Toshiba’s groundbreaking 32nm/32GB stacked flash memory module. Toshiba on Monday revealed that it has started shipping its 32 nanometer NAND flash memory ahead of schedule. Originally planned for the fall, the higher-density storage is already being sampled today and should be in mass production […]