Singapore researchers claim breakthrough MRAM tech can store data for 20 years

Researchers from the National University of Singapore and the┬áKing 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.

Violin Memory’s mid-range priced IPO raises $162M

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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.

Why Valentine’s Day needs data centers

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.

In an assault on latency, Violin Memory buys GridIron Systems

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.