New types of RAM could revolutionize your computer: MRAM and RRAM

“New chips that blur the line between computer memory and storage are starting to move beyond niche applications and could change how we use PCs, an industry analyst said Sunday,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service.

“The chips would enable the same instant-on capability that’s common on tablets, but at much higher performance, said Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates,” Williams reports. “‘We’re seeing the development of new solid-state storage technologies that are starting to play a role,’ he said. ‘MRAM is one that we’re seeing playing a role providing a non-volatile memory technology, and there’s some talk about resistive RAM doing some things.'”

“Conventional memory chips — called DRAM — store ones and zeros using an electrical charge in each memory cell, but Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) uses a magnetic charge,” Williams reports. “Resistive RAM (RRAM) is based on a sandwich made from two materials, with the center layer having a different resistance to the material that makes up the outer layers.”

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  1. The video discusses a real issue for Microsoft. If the new RAM doesn’t reset when the PC gets powered down then it powers up with the same issue. The response was that they may need to write better software or an active repair program always fixing and looking for “The Blue Screen of Death”. I do not see this as a problem. They need a live approved virus running in their Windows PC all the time. Windows knows how to run viruses already.

    So, what are they doing with the Slate Windows OS in Microsoft’s tablet now? Do they just return it to the store for another until it freezes up too?

  2. Some more from the article and my comments:

    Flash memory, commonly found in tablet PCs, already offers persistent storage after the power is removed, but the new chips would out perform flash, according to their developers.

    Excellent! Toss Flash aside and move on to better tech!

    Crossbar says its RRAM will eventually deliver 20 times faster write performance, 20 times less power consumption and 10 times more durability than NAND flash memory.


    Bringing persistent memory to PCs might introduce at least one problem.

    “A lot of people, in order to recover from system crashes and problems, will restart their computers. Well, it’s usually something bugged up in the memory, so if my memory stays even when I turn it off, then I have to find new ways of doing that,” said Coughlin.

    As a result, computer makers might be forced to make more reliable systems, he said.

    Specifically, what’s required is FAR superior memory management in our programming languages. Crap memory management continues to be the #1 cause of software hacking / security holes. The C series of languages and Java all suck bad at memory management UNLESS the programmer is ingenious enough to work around the inherent problems. Requiring a programmer to be ingenious is not acceptable, not these days.

    IOW: It’s time for a NEW and superior programming language that never allows buffer overflows, ever. (If someone knows of such a thing in-the-works, I’d love to know about it!)

  3. Microsoft sufferers can use the new High Amplitude Memory Management Error Reset tool. The HAMMER can be kept in a drawer near the Windows machine or beside the mouse. Microsoft does not warrantee your machine if you use the tool however.

  4. No-go on the MRAM – Think back to the days of tape, analog or digital …

    Person 1 – Where’d you put the iXXD?

    Person 2 – I set it on the speaker cabinet next to the 9000 Watt/Channel audio amplifier.

    Person 1 – Oh, okay … WAIT, WHAT!!!!

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