Topic Title: Memory makeover: DRAM days numbered as Japan eyes MRAM
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 11/24/2013 06:45 PM
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A Japan-U.S. alliance is targeting a replacement for DRAM -- a longstanding staple of computer hardware.

More than 20 Japanese and US chip-related companies are joining forces to develop mass-production techniques for a next-generation chip technology called magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM, according to a report in Nikkei's Asian Review.

Players in the new research push include Tokyo Electron, Shin-Etsu Chemical, Renesas Electronics, Hitachi, and US memory giant Micron Technology. ""

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 11/24/2013 06:53 PM
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They're going to have to do something. Because DRAM is so inexpensive and there are so many players in the market, nobody makes any money off it anymore. MRAM sounds good, and would really help in HPC and server setups where you're talking about hundreds of chips if not thousands, but I think that DRAM still has a long life ahead of it. Remember the better product doesn't necessarily win if the alternative is slightly slower and significantly cheaper (such as Rambus).

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 11/24/2013 10:48 PM
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The real reason RDRAM failed was that Rambus made themselves into such an annoyance that everyone just wanted them to go away.  Beyond that, there were other technical reasons why it wasn't a good fit.... like thermals... on that stuff the heatspreaders weren't just for show.

DRAM has also been a pain in the ass, but only to the engineers that have to work on it.  :-)



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 11/25/2013 03:42 AM
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sounds like good old core memory is coming back from the 70ies just smaller?

bad idea as magneto memory is prone to failing and generally more unreliable - I think dram will stay on for quite a while.

 



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Let's hope they don't try and start a standards war, the last thing we need is another Beta vs VHS or HD DVD vs BluRay...

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