Nanochip, Inc., a
Silicon Valley startup, has managed to raise $14 million in funding
from Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, for further
development of the MEMS technology.
You read it right: gigabytes, not gigabits.
to Nanochip (PDF), the technology isn't lithography constrained, allowing
production of chips of more than 1GB in capacity, in plants that have
already been deemed outdated by current standards.
The lack of
lithography constraints means cheaper products, resulting in an
opportunity to also replace flash memory, as the technology is also
Today's factories should be able to produce the
first products, estimated at 100GB per chip, when the technology is
expected to be unleashed for public consumption by 2010. The first
samples will be available during 2009.
or phase change memory, was expected to be the technology to replace
flash in the coming years, since it is also non-volatile, while it is
much faster than flash. As Intel found out over the last few years, PRAM doesn't seemed to scale so well,
in regards to density, and still has some boundaries to overcome --
namely it's thermal principles of operation.
quote: For now it seems that the flash SSD drives are going to be replaced before they even reach mass consumption -- which is a good thing.