How about 120GB of solid state storage...

Posted:
in General Discussion edited January 2014
... on a chip the size of a sugar cube?



A company in New York is saying they've got it.



The trick is simply () to stack lots of layers up and connect them by wiring running up the sides. This gives them superhigh densities on mature (paid for, high yield) fab processes.



The company's claimed focus is on technologies suitable for adoption in developing nations, so they're touting the cost savings of this tech vs. conventional SDRAM.



Certainly, the ability to stuff 120GB (one terabit, the largest module) of RAM into, say, an iBook or an iPod would change a lot of things. No more power-sucking moving parts that have to wind up, and which don't like to be jarred when they're in operation. This shaves half a pound and a considerable amount of bulk out of even a full-featured portable.



Then there are the desktop applications, where they wouldn't replace huge, capacious hard drives, but... can you imagine a G5 with a terabyte (eight sugar cubes) of dual channel RAM?



Obviously, more detail is needed, because the article above is basically PR fluff. But if this is half as good as they say it is... wow.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    powerdocpowerdoc Posts: 8,123member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Amorph

    ... on a chip the size of a sugar cube?



    A company in New York is saying they've got it.



    The trick is simply () to stack lots of layers up and connect them by wiring running up the sides. This gives them superhigh densities on mature (paid for, high yield) fab processes.



    The company's claimed focus is on technologies suitable for adoption in developing nations, so they're touting the cost savings of this tech vs. conventional SDRAM.



    Certainly, the ability to stuff 120GB (one terabit, the largest module) of RAM into, say, an iBook or an iPod would change a lot of things. No more power-sucking moving parts that have to wind up, and which don't like to be jarred when they're in operation. This shaves half a pound and a considerable amount of bulk out of even a full-featured portable.



    Then there are the desktop applications, where they wouldn't replace huge, capacious hard drives, but... can you imagine a G5 with a terabyte (eight sugar cubes) of dual channel RAM?



    Obviously, more detail is needed, because the article above is basically PR fluff. But if this is half as good as they say it is... wow.




    But how will cost the RamCube ?

    For the record at the end of the year a 12 GByte Compact flash will be released for 14 000 $



    Perhaps in 5 years ? Who knows ?
  • Reply 2 of 3
    Now if they could do this with flash memory you would have the ultimate backup device. I know many people in IT who prefer to use tape backup over harddrives for one reason: they can drop the tape without it breaking.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,131member
    My goodness this Reveo has it's hands in a lot of things. I love the idea. Stacking the chips in this way to increase density. I wonder how far they are in the process and how fast this product is. Man this would be great for so many applications. Digicams with built in Dual Terabit modules. Camcorders. Computers. The list would be endless.
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