No sooner has a leaked Intel flash roadmap shown enterprise-grade multi-level cell (MLC) flash than Intel and Micron announce they are sampling 3-bit MLC product. The two are sampling a 64Gb product built using their 25nm process technology and aimed at the Secure Digital flash card market. The die, measuring 131mm2, is 20 per …
Just a thought
Given how difficult building solid state random access flash with many writes and fast performance seems to be, why don't they apply technology already known to work - such as dram + battery pack.
It could be much slower than normal ram and still be acceptable as a disk, thus solving heat dissipation issues. How much current does dram need just to refresh? Combined with a built in fuel cell, it might last unpowered for years.
Doesn't sound all that reliable
I'd think twice before switching to battery backed DRAM outside of specialist applications.
"...the cost mantrap that has its teeth sunk deep into flash's tender thigh."
This made me chuckle. Thanks!