Called MeRAM for magnetoelectric random access memory, the technology replaces the spin-transfer torque feature of MRAM, which uses electric current to move electrons to write data into the memory, with the difference in electrical potential (voltage) to write data into the memory. According to the scientists, this approach "resulted in computer memory that generates much less heat, making it 10 to 1,000 times more energy-efficient." Also, the scientists believe that MeRAM can be more than five-times as dense as STT-MRAM.
The research was published in a paper called "Voltage-Induced Switching of Nanoscale Magnetic Tunnel Junctions" at the 2012 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco on December 12.
While the researchers said that the technology has "great potential to be used in future memory chips for almost all electronic applications, including smart-phones, tablets, computers and microprocessors, as well as for data storage, like the solid-state disks used in computers and large data centers", there was no information how soon it could become commercially available.
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Didn't understood much.Reply
But Sounds good. :lol:
We'll see where it stands a year from now with all the other future techs. With a the memory industry complaining of low prices and low demand, and high end overclocked memory not being much of a benefit compared to standard speeds with good latency, I'm not sure we'll see much move to invest in significant tech advances, just the marginal if we're lucky.Reply
"resulted in computer memory that generates much less heat, making it 10 to 1,000 times more energy-efficient."Reply
10 to a 1,000... that's a huge gap that translate to me as a lot of space for inaccurate info.
I like to read more about this when more accurate info is available.
UCLA invented something. Gasp!!!Reply
Sumukh_BhagatDidn't understood much.Reply
But Sounds good.Don't worry about it. Seems like we never hear about these "breakthroughs" ever again after they're announced. A similar comment was made on a similar article not too long ago.
But yeah, agree...it sounds cool.
As far as I'm concerned, any research is good.Reply
10 .. 1000 times? Someone tends to exaggerate.Reply
As usual it is like particle physics. Yes we have so many particles. What are they called? lets just name them after each other. Then we can worry about if they really exist or not.
drwho1"resulted in computer memory that generates much less heat, making it 10 to 1,000 times more energy-efficient."10 to a 1,000... that's a huge gap that translate to me as a lot of space for inaccurate info.I like to read more about this when more accurate info is available.Reply
Nope, that a huge space for difference between maximum power limits and minimum power limits.
This does not say anything whatsoever about whether the info is inaccurate or not.