Intel and STMicroelectronics announced they have begun shipping prototype samples of a new memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). This is the first fully functional silicon delivered to customers for evaluation.
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The code name for the memory device is “Alverstone” and it uses PCM technology for fast read and write speeds at a power consumption lower than conventional flash memory. The PCM memory also allows for bit alterability seen in RAM.
“This is the most significant non-volatile memory advancement in 40 years," said Ed Doller, chief technology officer-designate of Numonyx, the new name for the pending STMicroelectronics and Intel flash memory company. "There have been plenty of attempts to find and develop new non-volatile memory technologies, yet of all the concepts, PCM provides the most compelling solution - and Intel and STMicroelectronics are delivering PCM into the hands of customers today. This is an important milestone for the industry and for our companies."