A*STAR is making a name for themselves in storage

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2011 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: A*STAR, hdd, STT-MRAM

A*STAR Data Storage Institute was in the news two weeks ago with the results of their experiment of doping hard drive storage medium with salt allows a 6 fold increase in storage density thanks to much tighter sputtering of magnetic grains on the platter.  They are back in the news with another development in a different kind of storage medium altogether.  With Micron partnering in the development they are working on a new type of resistive RAM, which will bring speeds better than you can get with flash and in a non-volatile form.  The technology is referred to as spin transfer torque magnetic random access memory or STT-MRAM.  Drop by The Register for a look at what they are up to, as well as what the competition is working on to bring us the next generation of NAND.

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"NAND suppliers and technology developers are anticipating this by developing follow-on technologies centred around the idea of non-volatile, resistive RAM (RRAM), which is faster to access than flash and has a longer working life. There are a variety of ways of altering the resistance of a memory cell and Micron is entering into a joint research and development agreement with Singapore's A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) to develop spin transfer torque magnetic random access memory or STT-MRAM."

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Source: The Register
November 2, 2011 | 03:20 PM - Posted by Jeff (not verified)

I have to disagree with the term next generation NAND to describe the technologies being developed. They are entirely different to NAND flash altogether.

November 2, 2011 | 05:01 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

... but yet they will be used in the exact same manner, as well as new ones.

Is there a term you feel would better suit these technologies?

November 4, 2011 | 05:45 PM - Posted by Jeff (not verified)

Well it's like saying SSD technology is the next generation magnetic hard disk.

A better term maybe next generation non volatile memory.

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