Hardware

Flash Memory is now Officially Outdated

Posted 12 Jul 2006 at 19:42 UTC by steve Share This

Freescale Semiconductors has announced the first commercial shipments of 4Mbit magento-resistive random access memory (MRAM). Like Flash memory, MRAM is non-volatile but it's also fast (35ns writes) and doesn't wear out after a limited number of write cycles. This means all those little embbedded controllers we use on robots won't have to have support two types of memory anymore. From now on, they can just have a lot of MRAM partitioned as needed. The key invention that allowed the development of MRAM was ability to toggle a bit without affecting the state of adjacent bits. The breakthrough was made by Russian theoretician Leonid Savtchenko, who died of a brain aneurysm shortly after solving the bit toggle problem.

Erased by Magneto, posted 13 Jul 2006 at 01:38 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

Since these things are "magneto" something or other, I wonder if these things are affected by a big magnet or xrays like floppies and hard drives are! You go through the airport or walk too closely to a magnetic source and your data is mysteriously gone gone!

Speaking of which, why doesn't Magneto just memory wipe all of Xmen's computers now and then with his magnetic abilities or send out a magnetic pulse that destroys all electronics around him? Also, why doesn't he have a girl friend? It must be that he's not that "attractive."

I tried to find a price on the 512k card (4 mega bit?) but couldn't find any prices anywhere for the US. I'm guessing it's expensive.

See more of the latest robot news!

Recent blogs

21 Sep 2014 mwaibel (Master)
16 Sep 2014 shimniok (Journeyer)
5 Aug 2014 svo (Master)
20 Jul 2014 Flanneltron (Journeyer)
3 Jul 2014 jmhenry (Journeyer)
3 Jul 2014 steve (Master)
2 Jul 2014 Petar.Kormushev (Master)
10 Jun 2014 robotvibes (Master)
10 May 2014 evilrobots (Observer)
2 Mar 2014 wedesoft (Master)
X
Share this page