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Old 18th Jul 2012, 13:59   #1
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Micron starts shipping Phase Change Memory

Micron has started to ship its first commercial Phase Change Memory (PCM) parts.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...on-ships-pcm/1
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Old 18th Jul 2012, 16:19   #2
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What's sulfur? ;-)

Am I understanding the figures right - that this works at about half the theoretical maximum of SATA3, with a similar lifespan of SSD, but with a slight performance increase when writing compared to SSD?

I'm guessing that the real downside at the moment is capacity - but could we start to see PCM replace NAND as the storage device of choice in the future?
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What's sulfur? ;-)
It's a stupid-wordprocessor-set-to-US-English, is what it is... Fixed, ta!
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It's a stupid-wordprocessor-set-to-US-English, is what it is... Fixed, ta!
Sort it out :P

Sounds interesting, wonder how long it will be before it'll be a potential replacement for current technologies for the average joe.
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interesting that they would choose the smart phone market as their testing grounds. I may be over-analyzing it, but I wonder if that isn't a move to disguise costs with the common practice of paying for high-end phones via long-term contracts.
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interesting that they would choose the smart phone market as their testing grounds. I may be over-analyzing it, but I wonder if that isn't a move to disguise costs with the common practice of paying for high-end phones via long-term contracts.
Maybe both that and lifespan - most phones get ditched after the 2-year contract is up, so if the memory/storage is going to crap out after 3 years, it doesn't matter - it's already been living in the junk drawer for quite a while anyway.

Then again, I thought the subsidized phone thing was pretty much just the US. Is that disease infecting the rest of the world now, too?
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I agree with Fluxtatic. The short life cycle combined with the high profit margin on high end smartphones makes them a perfect testing ground.
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Sort it out :P
Already done - I'd been using some templates from a US publisher (which were, naturally, in US English) and hadn't noticed that it had managed to flip LibreOffice's default across as well. I dunno, free software, eh? I've half a mind to ask for a full refund...
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Sorry but Sulfur spelling has changed now. I don't like it but can't do anything about it.

However, the IUPAC adopted the spelling sulfur in 1990, as did the Royal Society of Chemistry Nomenclature Committee in 1992.[43] The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England and Wales recommended its use in 2000,[44] and it now appears in GCSE exams.[45] The Oxford Dictionaries note that "In chemistry... the -f- spelling is now the standard form in all related words in the field in both British and US contexts."[46]

Quote from good old Wikipedia.

Only reason I know is because I have to teach my students the correct spelling for exams i.e. Sulfur.
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Sorry but Sulfur spelling has changed now. I don't like it but can't do anything about it. [snip citations and explanations]
That I did not know. I wonder why - I mean, if the point was to make it the same across the board, why do we still have aluminium/aluminum?
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Sorry but Sulfur spelling has changed now. I don't like it but can't do anything about it. [snip citations and explanations]
That I did not know. I wonder why - I mean, if the point was to make it the same across the board, why do we still have aluminium/aluminum?
I was under the impression that aluminium was designated as the proper word (like sulfur) - but that the Americans didn't listen so they eventually caved and added aluminum as an acceptable substitute?

That could just be the standard plucky brit chemistry urban legend...
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