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Advance In PCM Memory Could Dramatically Reduce Power Consumption 74

Posted by Soulskill
from the freeing-up-electron-bandwidth dept.
Zothecula writes "Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currently available. The breakthrough could give future consumer devices like smartphones and laptops a much longer battery life, but might also benefit equipment used in telecommunications, science or by the military."
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Advance In PCM Memory Could Dramatically Reduce Power Consumption

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  • by c0lo (1497653) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @01:15AM (#35488140)
    TFA quotes

    uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currently available

    Haven't seen however any info on the speed.

    The researchers say that the low-power memory could even lead to previously elusive three-dimensional stacking of chips.

    This would be good indeed if achieved.
    Speaking of achievements, there's just this snag:

    The group has so far created and tested a few hundred bits

    On top of it:

    The device is also immune to accidental erasure from a passing scanner or magnet.

    This may well be, but... what range of temperatures is supported by the phase-change material? (i.e. what good is the low-power/high-speed memory if it melts when overclocking the CPU?)

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