HP and SanDisk are making revolutionary memory market ready
The IT companies HP and SanDisk are promising that their Storage Class Memory (SCM) will be 1000 times as fast as the current generation of flash memory. That’s quite an assumption or is it really proven that it will be this fast.
Storage Class Memory (SCM) is a combination of the memristor technology HP is working on for years already and SanDisk’s ReRAM technology. The new type of memory has some pretty impressive characteristics:
- It’s 1000x faster
- It lasts a 1000x longer
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It’s out there since quite a few years already. It started becoming available to the general public about 12 years ago or so and was commonly seen in digital cameras: FLASH storage! At first the devices couldn’t store more than just a few MB and prices were high, but over time the size went up and prices went down and the first SSD drives (should we say “drives”?) were born. Still expensive but they were very usable in the computer industry. Mainly heavily used databases could be accelerated by using SSD because there was no rotational latency and avg access latency was in the sub mili second range instead of multiple mili seconds! The common problem in the last few years was mainly durability, but currently the SSD technology is just as reliable as the old rotating disks.
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