3/17/2005

Philips claims ’super Flash’ memory breakthrough

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:50 am

Scientists at Philips have developed a material for non-volatile memory chips that’s not only better than Flash in almost every respect, but keeps on getting better the smaller you shrink the memory cells.

Philips’ material operates on the same principle as rewriteable DVDs - its physical state can be changed back and forth between two forms, known as ‘phases’, by pumping it with energy. Each phase can be used to represent the 1s and 0s of binary data.

The material’s phase change is fast, taking place in under 30ns, in the prototype cell. That, the company said, is 100 to 200 times faster than today’s Flash memory cells, and getting awfully close to DRAM speeds.

Source: The Register

 

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