Wednesday, 31 Oct, 2007 Technology

Flash Memory Will Soon Become Obsolete


Researchers developed a new type of memory that soon will replace the flash memory.

A study at Arizona State University lead to a development of an advanced technique of storing memory. This method, called PMC (programmable metallization cell), will increase the physical limits of storage technology by 1,000 times in comparison with flash memory used nowadays. This means that memory of digital cameras, MP3 players and laptops could be considerably expanded.

The college's Center for Applied Nanoionics (CANi), where the new technique was introduced, challenged the physical limits of storage, using the new technique of nanoionics. This methodology uses the existent materials but mix them in a different way.

In comparison with technique traditionally used for storage, when electrodes were moving between ions, in a new method nanoionics move the ions themselves, which enables to switch the resistance of electrodes from high to low.

The new technology is expected to be used in commercial products in about 18 months. Such companies as Micron Technology, Samsung, Sony and IBM are already interested in using this technology.

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//3 Apr 03, 2010 12:24 AM | posted by: nico
DVD and blue ray discs will be replaced by higher speed connections(fios expanded) and by network connections.
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//2 Sep 17, 2008 10:32 PM | posted by: Kamin
PCM is the next step in storage. With drives expected to reach 10+TB in capacity its a no brainer that flash will largely become useless. The only limiting factor of this storage media will be its speed. Which SSD flash will have a HUGE leg up. So i expect hybrids of this where a 64-128gb SSD runs applications and OS and the PCM drive will take care of all the storage needs
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//1 Jun 15, 2008 01:50 AM | posted by: Don Stark
If flash memory becomes obsolete, what is the next step in video and computer storage. Also what will replace DVD's and Blue ray discs as the next storage format?. Will this affect solid state storage devices which is already being used?.

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