Data storage is now one day a common issue in our lives, much of our information is stored digitally on servers around the world, just as we have data on your computer, smartphone, hard disks and various units storage. But it is curious that the memory chip we use today, was created in 1989 , yes, 26 years ago.
Apparently we could be facing the first major upgrade of memory chips, this thanks to today, Intel and Micron Technologies unveiled that have already started with the production of revolutionary new 3D chip Xpoint , a new category securing nonvolatile memory is 1000 times faster than the NAND architecture .
A revolution in data storage
The NAND architecture is what makes possible the use of Flash memory on memory cards and SSD drives. This type of memory offers many advantages and its price continues to decrease with the passage of time, the problem is that even with these advantages, it is much slower than DRAM, which is currently the fastest in the market, but also the most expensive, plus it is volatile.
According to Intel and Micron, its new 3D Xpoint memory bring the best of both worlds , ie, non-volatile, affordable and most importantly, 1,000 times faster than NAND and 10 times faster than DRAM, which many experts thought impossible .
Mark Adams , president of Micron Technologies, said:
“One of the greatest obstacles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to access data in the areas of long-term storage.”
Meanwhile, Rob Crooke , Intel vice president, was referring to this new development:
“For decades, the industry has sought ways to reduce the delay time between the processor and data, thus allowing a much faster analysis. This new class of nonvolatile memory achieves this goal and offers features that change the game for memory and storage solutions. “
Intel and Micron have just mentioned the advantages of 3D Xpoint, but still nothing about the possible limitations offered by this new technology. The first developments are based on 3D Xpoint and currently in production for some “selected customers” to start testing this new memory later this year.
Companies are aware that the Flash memory will remain the dominant technology for a few years, since 3D is initially focused Xpoint for use in data centers of large companies , so we have to take several years for us to see in consumer products, but even so, this new technology could be instrumental pare the future of data storage.
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