Category Archives: Memory

3D NAND Memories Cross 10TB

At the Flash Memory Summit in Toronto, Micron Technology exhibited their NVM Express or NVMe Solid State Drives that use the company’s 3D NAND technology to achieve capacities over 10 TB. According to Dan Florence, Micron built the 9200 series of NVMe SSDs from ground up to overcome the restrictions placed by the legacy hard drives. Dan Florence is the SSD product manager for Micron’s Storage Business Unit. The design of the new storage portfolio addresses the data demands that are presently Read more [...]

Replacement for Flash Memory

Today flash memories or thumb drives are commonly used as devices that store information even without power—nonvolatile memory. However, physicists and researchers are of the opinion that flash memory is nearing the end of its size and performance limits. Therefore, the computer industry is in search of a replacement for flash memory. For instance, the National Institute of Technology (NIST) conducted research is suggesting resistive random access memory (RRAM) as a worthy successor for the next Read more [...]

What is ReRAM?

DRAM is a popular memory technology regularly in use in almost all computers and smartphones today. However, resistive RAM or ReRAM is an upcoming parallel technology of high-density storage class memory, whose performance, researchers claim, has now reached very close to that of DRAM. According to 4DS Memory Limited, who patented their Interface Switching ReRAM, have made substantial changes to the architecture of their product. They claim this has resulted in substantially improving read access Read more [...]

What is Optane Memory?

Optane is a revolutionary class of memory from Intel creating a bridge between dynamic RAM and storage for delivering an intelligent and amazingly responsive computing experience. For instance, Intel claims an increase of 28% in overall system performance, 14 times faster hard drive access, and two times increase in responsiveness in everyday tasks. However, this revolution is not for everyone. It works only on the 7th generation Intel Core processor based systems that affordably maintain their Read more [...]

The Energy Efficient RRAMs

Engineers at Stanford are making 3-D memory chips that can offer faster and more energy efficient solutions for computer memory. These are the Resistive random Access Memory or RRAMs, which are based on a new semiconductor material. It stores data based on temperature and voltage. However, the actual workings of RRAMs continued to be a mystery until a team at Stanford used a new tool for their investigations. They found the optimal temperature range to be lower than they had expected. This could Read more [...]

Adding Memory to the Raspberry Pi

Although the memory onboard the Single Board Computer Raspberry Pi or RBPi is sufficient for most applications, some may feel the necessity of expanding the storage capacity. The options provided on the RBPi are limited, as the USB ports often engage a keyboard, a mouse or a game controller and the SD card slot holds only a single device. The most obvious option for expanding the storage capacity on the RBPi is through the USB ports. However, tying up ports with a USB hard disk drive or flash Read more [...]

What is 3D Flash Memory?

Slowly, but steadily, the memory market is veering away from magnetic disc storage systems to solid-state drives or SSDs. Not only are prices falling fast, manufacturers are producing SSDs with improved technologies, leading to denser memories, higher reliability and lower costs. For example, Samsung has recently announced SSD and systems designs that will drive their new 3-D NAND into mass markets. Samsung's latest SSDs are the 850 EVO series. According to Jim Eliot, a marketing executive for Read more [...]

The 64-bit x86 SOC from AMD

Advanced Micro Devices or AMD is offering a new Embedded, R-Series SOC processor. Targeted at a range of application markets, the System-On-Chip processor will handle industrial control and communication networking along with digital signage, high-end gaming and media storage. The new AMD device follows the Platform System Architecture, Specification 1.0, of the HSA Foundation. The Heterogeneous System Architecture offers greater efficiency in parallel processing. In the new Embedded R-Series Read more [...]

Non-Volatile Memory from Carbon

So far, many problems have inhibited development of carbon based memory devices. Not any more, as IBM and the EMPA have solved those problems and come up with the possible use of oxygenated amorphous carbon for non-volatile memory applications. The new non-volatile memory is based on a Redox reaction that takes place in thin films of oxygenated amorphous carbon known as a-COx. The film is a process of PVD or Physical Vapor Deposition. EMPA, the Swiss Electron Microscopy Center and IBM, Zurich, Read more [...]