HP And Hynix Team To Bring SSD-Killing Memristor To Market

HP and Hynix. Two names we know well in the computing industry, but two that are rarely mentioned in the same sentence, at least in the world of consumerdom. But now, the two companies are joining forces in order to advance the memristor and bring it to market in next-generation memory modules. The two have agreed on a joint development agreement which will bring memristor, a new circuit element first intentionally demonstrated in HP Labs, to market in future memory products.

Both companies will have a hand in the process, with the both of them working to jointly develop new materials and process integration technology to transfer the memristor technology from research to commercial development in the form of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM). Hynix will implement the memristor technology in its research and development fab. For those who are new to this technology, ReRAM is non-volatile memory with low power consumption that holds the potential to replace Flash memory currently used in mobile phones and MP3 players. It also has the potential to serve as a universal storage medium – that is, memory that can behave as Flash, DRAM or even a hard drive. Needless to say, this stuff would serve us all well if brought to market.

These memristors require less energy to operate, are quicker than SSDs and can retain information even when power is flipped off. So, let's make it happen, folks. Say, by the end of this year? Or are we just wishing for the impossible?


 HP Collaborates with Hynix to Bring the Memristor to Market in Next-generation Memory

Technology from HP Labs will enable quicker, more energy-efficient computing

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it has entered into a joint development agreement with Hynix Semiconductor Inc., a world-leading memory supplier, to bring memristor, a new circuit element first intentionally demonstrated in HP Labs, to market in future memory products.

    “Bringing the Memristor to Market – HP to collaborate with Hynix on next generation memory”

Highlights

    * The two companies will jointly develop new materials and process integration technology to transfer the memristor technology from research to commercial development in the form of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM). Hynix will implement the memristor technology in its research and development fab.
    * ReRAM is non-volatile memory with low power consumption that holds the potential to replace Flash memory currently used in mobile phones and MP3 players. It also has the potential to serve as a universal storage medium – that is, memory that can behave as Flash, DRAM or even a hard drive.

Memristor research from HP Labs

Memristors require less energy to operate, are faster than present solid-state storage technologies and can retain information even when power is off. The memristor, short for “memory resistor,” was postulated to be the fourth basic circuit element by Prof. Leon Chua of the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 and first intentionally reduced to practice by researchers in HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, in 2006.

Earlier this year, HP announced the discovery that the memristor also can perform logic, showing that memristor-based devices could change the standard paradigm of computing by enabling computation to one day be performed in chips where data is stored, rather than on a specialized central processing unit.

Bringing research to market

Joint development agreements are one way in which HP partners with others to leverage its intellectual property, which includes a portfolio of more than 30,000 patents. By collaborating with others to bring new technologies to market through intellectual property licenses and other technology transfer agreements, HP helps create new markets and generates a return on its research and development investment.

Supporting quotes

“The memristor has storage capacity abilities many times greater than what competing technologies offer. By adopting HP’s memristor technology we can deliver new, energy-efficient products to our customers more quickly.”

    * Dr. S.W. Park, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Hynix

“This agreement brings together HP’s core intellectual property and a first-rate supplier with the capacity to bring this innovation to market in world-class memory on a mass scale. It is the most recent example of HP’s ability to drive product innovation from the Labs out into the commercial world. This is discovery and invention with clear purpose, which differentiates HP and reinforces the value of our research enterprise to HP as a whole.”

    * Stan Williams, senior fellow, HP, and founding director, Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory, HP Labs

Via:  Business Wire
Comments
acarzt 4 years ago

What kind of Data rates and storage capacities are we talking about here?

If we're talking huge amounts of storage in a small package... sayyyyy small enough to fit on a CPU package??? We could really be seeing a whole new definition of system on a chip lol

Also if they're talking about replacing dram... they would need to be seeing transfer rates in the Many Gb's per second range. Other wise... keep dreaming.

Either way.... i'd like to see some numbers.

 

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