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[Kotaku] New Type Of Memory Could Boot Your Computer Instantly!

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"We've invented a new device that may revolutionize computer memory," says Dr. Paul Franzon, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research. "Our device is called a double floating-gate field effect transistor (FET). Existing nonvolatile memory used in data storage devices utilizes a single floating gate, which stores charge in the floating gate to signify a 1 or 0 in the device – or one ‘bit' of information. By using two floating gates, the device can store a bit in a nonvolatile mode, and/or it can store a bit in a fast, volatile mode – like the normal main memory on your computer."
Source: Kotaku

If this actually works, I think I'll skip the SSD upgrade!
Edited by onoz - 1/20/11 at 12:08pm
 
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Interesting... wonder what the actual performance increase might be with this architecture, since it will need more overhead in the control of the Either or option... or would need ore control on calling the fast or slow memory...
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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
Source: Kotaku

If this actually works, I think I'll skip the SSD upgrade!
There actually a few technologies that are much further along than this.... PCRAM, memristor, Z-RAM, etc.


If you want to wait for this particular technology to replace NAND, be prepared to wait a decade and pay 3-10 times as much per GB. Concepts are nice but manufacturing costs and performance are more important.
Edited by DuckieHo - 1/20/11 at 12:25pm
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be prepared to wait a decade and pay 3-10 times as much per GB.
That is what I'm thinking about. So I'm not excited about it.
    
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They have been saying this for years.
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If this actually works, I think I'll skip the SSD upgrade!
no need for Epic boot Drive.

just use the Hibernation button.
    
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I don't care what it does, TELL ME ABOUT PERFORMANCE!
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If you run Linux you never have to reboot
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So they made a fancy way of storing some data in non-volatile memory on RAM by having two gates? Lame. Unless I'm losing it that would require new slots, new ways to control the ram, and a way to figure out what data to store in the non-volatile parts. Its like a really convoluted, slightly faster, and slightly less electricity consuming version of hibernation.
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They don't say a word about speed...
If their memory in "volatile mode" (Ram mode) is somewhere between the usual Ram and Drive speed access, I don't know if we can talk about a step forward.
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