Everspin takes MRAM to Dell, LSI and beyond

Everspin, the spin-out of Freescale Semiconductor attempting to make magnetic random access memory work, said it had shipped 4 million MRAM devices in 2011 and that Dell and LSI use its products. It also has a plan to take on the giant DRAM market.

The case for SSDs in the data center

Analysts at IDC projected last week that the dollar per gigabyte price barrier for solid state drives (SSDs) should fall by the second half of this year. That’s great news for consumers eager to see flash memory bring down the weight and increase the performance of laptops. But what does it mean for cloud computing and data centers, where many want to bring down energy usage while speeding up web serving?

IBM builds memory chips one atom at a time

Computer and memory chips usually tend to get smaller over time, but in a paper published Thursday in Science, IBM details how it’s building memory chips that would be 100 times more dense than today’s hard drives by starting with the smallest building blocks: atoms.

Apple confirms acquisition of Israel’s Anobit

Apple has finally confirmed its purchase of Israel-based Anobit, a company that makes digital signal processing tech to improve the performance of NAND flash used in the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air among other devices. It could help Apple extend its NAND flash empire further still.

How Apple’s NAND advantage helps its bottom line

Apple’s mobile devices tend to have much higher profit margins than the competition, as well as having a strong reputation in terms of build and component quality. A big part of that is due to its unique approach to using NAND flash memory.

Today in Cloud

Two different posts on flash storage crossed my desk yesterday. Athough perhaps overhyping things a little, both pointed to a growing maturity in the flash storage space. Chris Mellor at The Register writes about the threat posed to traditional enterprise storage vendors like EMC by Pure Storage’s all-flash array. And then Lucas Mearian at InfoWorld picks up on some Forrester research, going so far as to suggest that prospective customers “skip data tiering, go directly to all-SSD storage.” I looked at this area in a Weekly Update back in October, and it’s definitely a fascinating space. But are any of the all-flash startups really a threat to the big enterprise vendors? I still think they’re not… at least until one of those big storage vendors acquires them.