Samsung Announces Phase-change RAM
September 10, 2006 1:37 PM
comment(s) - last by
512 megabit PRAM cell
Bigger, better, faster
Samsung today announced that it has introduced a new type of nonvolatile memory called PRAM or Phase-change Random Access Memory. The new memory technology is currently under heavy research from Samsung, but the company has finally demonstrated a working 512 megabit sample. According to Samsung, PRAM is slated to replace current NOR flash memory technology within the next several years.
PRAM, says Samsung, is much faster than the fastest NOR flash memory. Samsung indicated that PRAM achieves its performance by changing the way it writes and reads to memory. Unlike current NOR flash, PRAM does not have to erase data before writing new data. This alone achieves 30 times the performance of current memory technology said Samsung. Durability and endurance are also a key development for PRAM, allowing products to last at least 10 times longer.
Samsung indicated that PRAM will be a positive forward step for consumer products as well -- lowering prices thanks to new manufacturing techniques. Samsung said that PRAM cells are half the size of NOR flash memory and requires 20 percent fewer manufacturing steps to produce. PRAM will make an introduction into the market sometime in early 2008. According to the press release:
Adoption of PRAM is expected to be especially popular in the future designs of multi-function handsets and for other mobile applications, where faster speeds translate into immediately noticeable boosts in performance. High-density versions will be produced first, starting with 512 Mb.
Flash memory in general has exploded in the last two years. The market has grown significantly and companies are continuing to invest heavily into flash RAM development and manufacturing. Recently,
SanDisk announced that it would acquire M-Systems for $1.35 billion
, bolstering its market position significantly.
Intel and Micron have also joined forces
to produce volumes of NAND flash memory. In July,
both SanDisk and Toshiba announced plans to invest a total of $8.2 billion
in building new manufacturing facilities.
Flash memory is expected to scale well past 2010, with high density products on the way. Samsung indicated that 64GB memory cards are already in sight and larger capacities are just over the horizon. Consumer multimedia products aren't the only devices using flash memory however -- Intel is gearing up to introduce a new
desktop platform called
next year that will utilize flash memory
to store parts or all of an operating system to boost performance.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: No Good !
9/11/2006 7:06:27 PM
No, he is right... they must cut that connecting bar off before doing anything with it. At any rate, it's only a computer-generated rendering, so... whatever.
RE: No Good !
9/12/2006 12:39:55 PM
Actually, the EXIF information in the image shows it was taken by a "Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II" on September the 6th, 2006 with a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, without flash.
This indicates it was simply taken by a professional photographer in a professional setting. Non-JPEG attributable 'scuff mark' artifacts in the image are also present, possibly being created during assembly.
That connecting bar doesn't exist once it's soldered into place, granted, but it doesn't just get 'cut' off, and it's no computer generated rendering.
It might be a non-functioning 'press prototype', but there's no evidence to support that.
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
SanDisk Buys M-Systems for $1.35 Billion
July 31, 2006, 5:54 PM
Intel and Micron Produce First 50nm NAND Flash
July 26, 2006, 6:26 AM
SanDisk, Toshiba to Spend $8.2B on New Flash Memory Facilities
July 13, 2006, 8:01 AM
Intel "Santa Rosa" Desktop Platform Detailed
June 14, 2006, 5:05 AM
Quick Note: QNAP Announces $129 QGenie 7-in-1 NAS for Mobile Users
July 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
Apple Launches 21.5” iMac with 1.4GHz Core i5 Processor Priced at $1,099
June 18, 2014, 8:07 AM
Lowe's "Holoroom" Brings Holodeck, Home Improvement Dreams Closer to Reality
June 13, 2014, 9:06 AM
Intel to Broaden Market for Fanless Tablets, Ultrabooks with 14nm Intel Core M
June 3, 2014, 10:42 AM
ZOTAC Announces Four New Silent ZBOX Mini-PCs
June 2, 2014, 9:21 AM
ZOTAC Announces Funky ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series
May 22, 2014, 8:20 PM
Most Popular Articles
Facebook Will Force Android, iOS Users to Use Messenger App This Week
July 29, 2014, 11:26 AM
Sony's Xperia Z3 Gets Detailed in Leaked Photos
July 25, 2014, 2:30 PM
Ford's Extensive Use of Aluminum in '15 F-150 Results in $395 Increase for Base Models
July 28, 2014, 3:02 PM
Pentagon's Priciest Project, F-35, Misses International Debut
July 25, 2014, 10:18 AM
T-Mobile CEO John Legere is on the Warpath Again; Introduces $100, 10GB Family Plan
July 28, 2014, 10:12 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information