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already been deemed outdated by current standards.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: Casual estimates put this sort of density at one terabit per square inch; or 116GB per square inch.
quote: I'm pretty sure Seagate recently had a class action lawsuit filed against them for misrepresenting the actual size of the HDDs. Only a few GB? The consumers care.
quote: Understand what a prefix is, it is to describe the suffix which is a binary not decimal value.
quote: Exactly. Which means that whether one is referring to decimal values, binary values, apples or whelks, the giga prefix means 10^9.
quote: just because a couple of uneducated programmers misused decimal prefixes doesn't mean its somehow right or "standard". learn, binary prefixes are standardized since 1998: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.htmland don't forget to ask your money back for IT education. stupid teachers deserve no money
quote: The Système International prefixes are based on ancient Greek. Specifically, the prefix "giga" refers to billion (or ten to the power of nine or 1,000,000,000).
quote: The Système International works in base ten, yes, hence giga is base ten.
quote: SI is base ten no doubt. But Bytes and bits are not SI units. So why should I case about SI prefixes?
quote: From Merriam-Webster dictionary:GigaEtymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek gigas giant: billion (10^9) <gigahertz> <gigawatt>Notice words number two through four there? International Scientific Vocabulary . In other words, your opinion counts for nothing. And if you still want to argue, take it up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Here, I'll even give you the link to the .pdf: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/pdf/sp811.pdf
quote: You done now? I am Greek. I know the word. The word itself (???a?, actually pronounced "gigas" (soft 'g')) does mean giant, yes, but gigabytes and gigahertz and gigawatts are not giantbytes and gianthertz and giantwatts. They're billions. Same as a terabyte and a terahertz and a terawatt are not monsterbytes and monsterhertz and monsterwatts. Those are trillions. Stop confusing standard convention in the scientific community with the etymology of ancient Greek words.Nobody was ever saying bytes and bits were SI units. We were saying the prefixes used to describe them in quantity (including kilo, mega, giga and tera) are SI prefixes and are attached to specific quantities.
quote: First of all the word Giga is Latin not Greek...
quote: If you are Greek why did you say the word giga was Latin?
quote: I think you meant 10 types of people. :)