Intel And Partner Sample PCM Memory

Posted: Feb 7 2008, 7:20am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:03am CDT, in Other Stuff


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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.

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."

Via Intel

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