Mram: The Next Big Thing in Storage?

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An interesting development was recently announced in the world of information storage. Described by some as “the most significant memory invention of the decade,” a magnetoresistive random-access memory (Mram) chip was unveiled by Freescale semiconductors, an Austin, Texas-based company.

Like PC hard drives, this new technology preserves information magnetically, but like flash-based storage platforms such as mp3 players and digital cameras, it’s easy to save data virtually anytime and anywhere.

Granted, it will take some time for Mram to truly have an impact on information storage. (At present, the Mram chip can only hold about half a megabyte.) The real significance of this technology for storing data probably won’t be known for a while. But keep your eye on it: It could topple the hard discs and flash devices that currently dominate the storage tools market in just a few short years.

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