One of the world's largest SSD manufacturers has just unveiled a groundbreaking development that could eventually make the technology obsolete.
A paper Micron, best known for its computer memory and data storage solutions, has introduced NVDRAM (non-volatile dynamic random access memory), which takes over from memory called Ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM), which outperforms NAND. SSD drives by speed and durability.
FeRAM exploits the properties of ferroelectric materials (typically lead zirconate titanate) to store information, a departure from traditional electrical charge storage. This method offers faster data access and a higher level of durability compared to NAND flash memory, commonly used in SSDs.
The new technology is also non-volatile, meaning it retains data even when the power is turned off, similar to an SSD. However, the advantage of FeRAM is that it can do this without the wear and tear of the SSD, giving it a significantly longer lifespan.
Micron describes NVDRAM as “the world's first dual-layer, high-performance, high-density (32Gb) stackable and non-volatile ferroelectric memory technology,” and is largely seen as a continuation of the defunct company's Optane storage-class memory.
Despite these impressive features, this revolutionary technology will not be available to consumers in the near future due to the high manufacturing costs associated with FeRAM.
Initially, the company will focus on industrial applications where fast, durable and reliable data storage is necessary. Blocks and fileswho reported on Micron's new technology, says: “We would believe that Micron is already exploring commercial opportunities with potential server partners and large users of Gen AI.
Nevertheless, Micron's foray into FeRAM could represent a significant milestone in the evolution of data storage technology, and it is expected that a CXL-accessible NVDRAM product could appear on the horizon.
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