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Old 12th September, 2006, 04:54 PM
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"30 times the performance of current memory technology said Samsung"

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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.......

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Have to wonder what temperatures chalcogenide glass can take before it switches between states.

Samsung claim a 5ns time to alter the contents of a memory cell. It's still too early to make any calls on the type of performance though.
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At that speed, as long as the cell size is comparable, it sounds like it would be faster performing and cheaper to produce than even typical DRAM.
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But 30 time faster does tend to get our attention! Even if it's slow in coming....
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Being that it's nonvolatile, you could load up your os on the mem. Boot times would be nil...
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Being that it's nonvolatile, you could load up your os on the mem. Boot times would be nil...
Yeah, but I have faith that MS would find a way to make the boot time even longer.......
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So, when your new game runs out of memory, will that be known as "throwing the toys out of the PRAM" ?
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Yeah, but I have faith that MS would find a way to make the boot time even longer.......
I'm sure they're hard at it even as we speculate!
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So, when your new game runs out of memory, will that be known as "throwing the toys out of the PRAM" ?
Favu! Behave! LOL!
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