Researchers from the National University of Singapore and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have developed a new method of storing data on magnetoresistive random attached memory, or MRAM, chips that they claim can store data for at least 20 years. Some believe MRAM has promise in future consumer devices and in embedded systems because it’s faster, denser and longer-lasting than traditional DRAM and flash memory. However, it’s not exactly clear how revolutionary the researchers’ work is: An Arizona-based company called Everspin already produces MRAM technology it claims can last more than 20 years.
It might have priced in the lower range of its purported value, but enterprise tech stocks have done pretty well recently and Violin has been one the bigger companies in a red-hot flash market. More interesting in the long run might be how Violin’s IPO affects — or is affected — by planned IPOs for smaller flash vendors like Pure Storage and Nimble Storage. Expect an update on the Violin public offering on Friday.
When it comes to flash memory, everyone’s buying and everyone’s for sale, apparently. Cisco says it will integrate Whiptail flash memory into its UCS servers.
Fusion-io missed analysts’ revenue estimates for the second quarter of 2013. But new CEO Shane Robison believes price cuts could entice more hyperscale customers to jump aboard.
Has your old Nexus 7 gotten slower over time? Before you toss it in a closet or upgrade to a new model, consider upgrading to Android 4.3 first. It includes a fix for non-optimized flash memory that slowed down your tablet.
Facebook has developed a new data cache called McDipper that’s essentially memcached rewritten to run on flash memory instead of DRAM, thus saving money while still delivering higher performance than disk.
Following Fusion-io’s success in selling flash memory cards, EMC is coming out with more flash memory PCIe cards, following Violin Memory releasing its own versions earlier this week.
New PCIe flash memory cards from Violin Memory will allow for broad enterprise adoption, the company’s CEO says. But the company is not the first to that market.
Flash memory and database servers are among possible solutions for online dating sites getting swamped with traffic at peak times such as Valentine’s Day.
Flash storage vendor Violin Memory has acquired appliance maker GridIron Systems to improve performance even more for demanding applications. Even as some are calling for slower flash, Violin thinks speed, cost and reliability don’t have to be mutually exclusive.