HP Plans to Have Flash Competitor on the Market in 18 Months

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 07 October 2011 15:33

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Years ago, HP discovered a new "element" in integrated circuits called a memristor, or memory resistor. Basically it's like the flash used in RAM, but it won't lose its data when power is removed. HP announced recently that they will have this technology on the market competing with DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) and later SRAM (static random-access memory) in 18 months. Stan Williams, Senior Fellow at HP, said,

"We’re planning to put a replacement chip on the market to go up against flash within a year and a half, and we also intend to have an SSD replacement available in a year and a half. In 2014 possibly, or certainly by 2015, we will have a competitor for DRAM and then we’ll replace SRAM. Flash is a done deal. Now we’re going after DRAM, and we think we can do two orders of magnitude improvement in terms of switching energy per bit. HP’s technology allows the memory layers to be put directly on top of the processor layer making for very fast systems on chip. We put the non-volatile memory right on top of the processor chip, and, because you’re not shipping data off-chip, that means we get the equivalent of 20 years of Moore’s Law performance improvement. We’re running hundreds of wafers through the fab," said Williams, we’re way ahead of where we thought we would be at this moment in time."

You can read more about this here, and HP's memristor announcement here.