By Richard Adhikari
Intel and Numonyx, a company created by Intel and STMicro, say they’ve recently made significant headway in the development of phase change memory. PCM is a type of non-volatile computer memory, which means it does not require a constant power supply to retain information. Though the new developments aren’t ready for products yet, they could result in denser, more durable storage devices.
Intel and Numonyx on Wednesday announced what they categorized as a “key breakthrough” in research on phase change memory (PCM). Their researchers demonstrated a 64Mb test chip that lets manufacturers stack multiple layers of PCM arrays within one die. This could lead to the creation of smaller memory devices with more capacity and lower power consumption for RAM and storage.