IBM Research achieves storage memory breakthrough that could lead to faster smartphones

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
May 17, 2016
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  1. Scientists have been refining a type of memory technology called phase-change memory (PCM) for years. Thus far, however, the use of PCM in certain applications has been somewhat prohibitive for a variety of reasons but that may soon change.

    Scientists at IBM Research have achieved a significant breakthrough in reliably storing three bits of data per cell, a milestone that IBM says will provide fast and easy storage for both mobile devices and the Internet of Things.

    PCM’s combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density make it the obvious choice over existing storage technology. Unlike DRAM, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off. What’s more, the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to around 3,000 write cycles on an average USB flash drive.

    PCM could serve as a standalone product or as a hybrid application in which it is used as an extremely fast cache for flash storage. As IBM explains, a smartphone’s operating system could be stored in PCM, enabling it to power on in just a few seconds.

    In the enterprise space, PCM could be utilized to store entire databases for blazing fast query processing of time-critical applications like financial transactions. IBM says machine learning algorithms that use large datasets will also see a speed boost by reducing the latency overhead when reading the data between iterations.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    "Faster" smartphones?
    Considering what 99% of people use their smartphones for now, they are WAY overpowered.
    How fast do you need it for twitter, FB, Instagram, selfies, you tube, mp3's & web browsing?
    It's not like people are trying to solve for Pi after all ;)
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  3. PedalsAndSticks

    PedalsAndSticks TS Rookie

    Exactly. I hope they research on battery alternatives or prolonging its longevity before each cycle recharge.
  4. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    Well a lot of the smartphone resources go towards the operating system, perhaps this can lead to improvements with that and save power with regards to OS operations.
  5. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 223   +60

    I want My future smartphone to be:

    1. One computer for everything, just plug it into peripherals at home, work, or on the go.
    2. 1 month battery life
    3. removable storage
    4. unlimited organic storage
    5. secure, secure, secure
    6. faster everything
    7. clearer and uninterrupted phone connection - still can't do basic phone calls
    8. get off the cloud!
    9. stop the adds!
    10. world wide compatible
    11. cheaper
    12. reliable
    13. unbreakable

    Just to name a few...
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 223   +60


    14. Standardized plugs/connectors that are future proof
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +874

    I'm sure you can have one once you make a time machine to go to the year 2200.
  8. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    We'll all be dead by then or it'll be like Waterworld with Kevin Costner.
  9. fktech

    fktech TS Addict Posts: 223   +60

    It's our legacy to our great great great grandchildren....

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