"The decade-long partnership between Intel and Micron to build better NAND (or Flash) memory used in solid-state drives has yielded an entirely new form of computer memory. This is a big deal. It’s as if a 10-year effort by Ford and GM to build a better car also produced a Segway..." ~ "The two companies are calling their new memory 3D XPoint memory (pronounce 3D crosspoint memory) because its structure creates an lattice-like stacked layer of wires that looks like Xes when viewed from above. It combines properties of NAND Flash memory that is currently used inside solid state drives (SSDs) inside computers and phones, but it is 1,000 times faster and can last through 1,000 times more data writes..." Read More!
"A team of researchers from North Carolina State University claim to have created a memory device that could give computer users the speed advantages of DRAM system memory and the data retention capabilities of flash memory, in one unit. The new device could lead to genuine instant-on computing and machines with improved resiliency. The development may even lead to power-hungry server farms making considerable energy savings by allowing parts of the system to be shut down during periods of inactivity without fear of data loss."
If you haven't stocked up on DRAM lately, expect to pay more for the privilege.
According to a report issued Thursday by iSuppli, the average selling price of DRAM rose by 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. A 21 percent increase in bit shipments also helped the DRAM industry climb to $8.5 billion in sales for the fourth quarter.
For 2010, worldwide DRAM revenue is expected to climb to $31.9 billion, a shocking 40.7 percent increase over 2009, where iSuppli's estimate projects that $22.7 billion worth of memory was sold.
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