back to article Upstart startup STT punts big on universal memory

VCs are funding resistive RAM startup Spin Transfer Technologies to the tune of 36 million greenbacks so it can start creating its universal memory – combining DRAM speed, flash non-volatility, and breaking NAND scaling limits. Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) was actually started in 2007 by New York University and Allied Minds …

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Looking forward to it.

But strangely, more for digital cameras than anything else...

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Will it need new software?

If this is non-volatile yet as fast as DRAM - then it'll replace system memory and SDDs. In fact there won't be much point in having system ram, because ram and disk will have become the same thing - there will be no difference between physical memory and the swap file.

If that happens, how the hell will it work? You'd be saving your data to memory, and applications will be using the same memory as usual - not the way current systems are designed to work at all. Plus you'd run the risk of an errant program spewing garbage all over your work. Major OS redesigns needed I suspect!

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Re: Will it need new software?

not sure its going to replace HDDs right now - given that you can get a couple of TB for £50 these days. The point of swap has always been to use cheap slow store to supliment the faster memory. Effectively its just a form of caching - just like the cache on the CPU or on a disk controller.

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SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION!

Look at the current price of hard drives, 2TB for £50 where?

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Re: SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION!

Fine, it's 80-100. It'll be back to 50 before the end of next year and possibly sooner.

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Re: Will it need new software?

You're forgetting cost. Yes, it'll replace system memory. Hibernate/standby get much faster. It won't replace HDD's anytime soon.

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what can spintronics do for us?

I mean apart from the speed and the non-volatility,. And the scalability. OK, and the price? I mean really? Can it survive an electromagnetic pulse?

If it is, maybe it's something that Cyberdyne Inc. should look into then? Oops... wrong trope.

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