Micron Has Phase Change Memory in Volume Production

The company said it is offering 45 nm PCM for mobile devices in 1 Gb and 512 Mb multichip packages

According to Micron, PCM enables faster boot times and overall improved performance, while providing high reliability and "very low" power consumption at the same time.

"Our commitment to innovation and continued development of advanced products to address the voracious demands of the wireless industry is clear and strong," said Tom Eby, Vice President of the Wireless Solutions Group at Micron. "We are determined to evolve and innovate by continuing to offer the best-tailored solutions for both today's and tomorrow's market requirements." Micron's PCM can be integrated via a system's LPDDR2 interface.

At this time the PCM is only suited for use in feature phones, while Micron believes that the technology will make its way into smartphones and tablets in the future.

 

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  • CaedenV
    A Bad DayI wonder how long would it take for AMD and Intel to add support for the PCM?

    PCM only goes up to a maximum ~400Mbps, is extremely sensitive to temperature, and is rediculously priced if looking for the bulk storage requirements for a PC. Meanwhile we have SSDs for the PC which hit ~500Mbps, are not temperature sensitive, and can be found in 500GB and 1TB sizes, with much larger drives on the horizon (compare to 500MB and 1GB sizes of PCM).

    Simply put; the low power requirement makes them excellent for phones and other portable devices which typically use much slower flash memory (20-80MBps) and do not need a lot of space for the OS and applications, but it is relatively useless technology for desktop applications.
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  • freggo
    40 years in the making and finally ready for mass production :-)
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  • freggo
    40 years in the making and finally ready for mass production :-)
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  • A Bad Day
    I wonder how long would it take for AMD and Intel to add support for the PCM?
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  • CaedenV
    A Bad DayI wonder how long would it take for AMD and Intel to add support for the PCM?

    PCM only goes up to a maximum ~400Mbps, is extremely sensitive to temperature, and is rediculously priced if looking for the bulk storage requirements for a PC. Meanwhile we have SSDs for the PC which hit ~500Mbps, are not temperature sensitive, and can be found in 500GB and 1TB sizes, with much larger drives on the horizon (compare to 500MB and 1GB sizes of PCM).

    Simply put; the low power requirement makes them excellent for phones and other portable devices which typically use much slower flash memory (20-80MBps) and do not need a lot of space for the OS and applications, but it is relatively useless technology for desktop applications.
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