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News Micron starts shipping Phase Change Memory

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 18 Jul 2012.

  1. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt New Member

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  2. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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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?
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    It's a stupid-wordprocessor-set-to-US-English, is what it is... Fixed, ta!
     
  4. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    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.
     
  5. yougotkicked

    yougotkicked A.K.A. YGKtech

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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.
     
  6. fluxtatic

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    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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    l3v1ck Fueling the world, one oil well at a time.

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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.
     
  8. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    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...
     
  9. Isitari

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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.
     
  10. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    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?
     
  11. Bakes

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    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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