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

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.

ARM: Of course we’re not working on 128-bit mobile chips

Earlier this week the Korea Herald quoted an unnamed ARM(s armh) executive as saying 128-bit processors could make their way into mobile devices within a couple of years. On Friday the British chip design house, whose designs power the vast majority of mobile devices today, said the report was simply “not true”.

In a blog post the firm said, “64-bit processors are capable of supporting the needs of the computing industry now and for many years to come” and “there are absolutely no plans underway for 128 bit ARM-based chips because they simply aren’t needed.” Quite so — the mobile industry is only just starting to move to 64-bit architecture, which is arguably overkill for a smartphone’s current requirements.

MRAM takes another step closer to the real world

The quest for faster storage continues, with Everspin releasing samples of its magnetic random access memory that it hopes to use to usurp DRAM. MRAM chips are only available in 64 Mb and are expensive, but Everspin says it can scale up.

Fusion-io turns NAND into DRAM for developers

Flash-based storage pioneer Fusion-io (s fio) says it has developed a method for extending a system’s memory from DRAM into Fusion-io’s NAND-based storage tier, enabling the possibility of bigger, cheaper in-memory applications than are currently possible.

Memrise raises $1.05M to make memorization a game

Memrise, a TechStars Boston graduate, has raised $1.05 million for its gamified approach to memorizing languages. The company supports six languages officially and has more than a million words created by its community. It’s now looking to expand beyond languages and will launch mobile apps soon.