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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Intel Previews Potential Replacement for Flash Memory

pcm memoryEweek has an interesting article today about the invention of a new kind of nonvolatile memory technology that could one day replace traditional flash memory. Unlike flash, chips using this new technology will be able to execute code with performance and also sustain millions of read/write cycles without dying.

Intel, as part of a lengthy joint venture with ST Microelectronics, has produced the first Phase Change Memory or PCM chips—nonvolatile memory chips that work well for both executing code and storing large amounts of data, giving it a superset of the capabilities of both flash memory and dynamic random access memory.

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