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‘Magnetic memory’ chip released by US company Freescale


I was surfing the net on a cool, sunny afternoon and I came across some information on a microchip which can store information like a hard drive unveiled by US company Freescale. The chip, called Magnetoresistive Random-Access Memory (Mram), maintains data by relying on magnetic properties rather than an electrical charge. The benefit of Mram chips is that they will hold information after power has been switched off. Freescale has been producing the four-megabit Mram chips at an Arizona factory for two months to build up levels of stock. A number of chip makers have been pursuing the technology for a decade or more, including IBM, but Freescale is the first company to offer a chip with practical usage for many of today’s electronic devices. “This is the most significant memory introduction in this decade,” said Will Strauss, an analyst with research firm Forward Concepts. “This is radically new technology. People have been dabbling in this for years, but nobody has been able to make it in volume.” Unlike flash memory, which also can keep data without power, Mram has faster read and write speeds and does not degrade over time. Ram chips in most electronic devices, such as PCs, lose data when their power is switched off. Mram chips could one day be used in PCs to store an operating system, allowing computers to start up faster when switched on. I also would like you to know that the microchip business is worth $48 billion a year.

via bbc

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Posted by Editor on July 11, 2006.

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