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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new device that represents a significant advance for computer memory, making large-scale “server farms†more energy efficient and allowing computers to start more quickly.

Traditionally, there are two types of computer memory devices. Slow memory devices are used in persistent data storage technologies such as flash drives. They allow us to save information for extended periods of time, and are therefore called nonvolatile devices. Fast memory devices allow our computers to operate quickly, but aren’t able to save data when the computers are turned off. The necessity for a constant source of power makes them volatile devices.

But now a research team from NC State has developed a single “unified†device that can perform both volatile and nonvolatile memory operation and may be used in the main memory.
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another day, another new memory technology discovered that'll always be too expensive to mass produce...
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now, when is this going to be sold at fry's? Never? I thought so.
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I won't be as skeptic as the two above posters, but being realistic, I don't think we will see this technology any time soon, and IF (being the key word here) it's not too expensive to create, then it's a go, otherwise it will be a fail right out the box..

I will hope that they have something huge here and move it into the markets fast! Otherwise they soon find they moved too late, or it was too expensive to gain enough shares in the market which has long been founded by big name Memory companies like Corsair or Kingston..
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I will hope that they have something huge here and move it into the markets fast! Otherwise they soon find they moved too late, or it was too expensive to gain enough shares in the market which has long been founded by big name Memory companies like Corsair or Kingston..
Patent architecture. Sell to those companies. Win.

Also, to the above skeptics... You're on a technology forum... 30 years ago, computers filled an entire room, and now we have chips that will fit on your thumb that are thousands times more powerful.

Just like the infamous Bill Gates quote, that really wasn't said by him, "640k of memory ought to be enough for anybody."
 
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Patent architecture. Sell to those companies. Win.

Also, to the above skeptics... You're on a technology forum... 30 years ago, computers filled an entire room, and now we have chips that will fit on your thumb that are thousands times more powerful.

Just like the infamous Bill Gates quote, that really wasn't said by him, "640k of memory ought to be enough for anybody."
I think your time line is incorrect.

30 years ago was 1980. And computers didn't take up a whole room.
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I think your time line is incorrect.

30 years ago was 1980. And computers didn't take up a whole room.
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And Bill Gates didn't say that.
    
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Volitle Memory would be an example of RAM drives or PCI-e SSD drives?

If this pans out, we'll likely see it for enterprises first.
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I think your time line is incorrect.

30 years ago was 1980. And computers didn't take up a whole room.
Also incorrect. 30 years ago was 1981.
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And Bill Gates didn't say that.
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.â€

Mhm he did.
    
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