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News Researchers tweak a virus into building phase-change memories

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 6 Dec 2018.

  1. bit-tech

    bit-tech Supreme Overlord Staff Administrator

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  2. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    Looks like a great way to produce bulk nanowires, but you still need a way to actually lay those nanowires into a useful structure (same way a big block of Silicon is not a CPU, patterning is the hard part).
    There's that whole "Optane" thing that seems to have enough demand to sell every chip produced...
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    If only Optane was phase-change memory, you'd have a point. To quote Wikipedia: 'Intel has stated that 3D XPoint does not use a phase-change or memristor technology.' (It does go on to say 'although this is disputed by independent reviewers,' but if Intel says it ain't PCM that's good enough for me.)
     
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    Yeah, Intel and Micron can claim that the 3D xPoint is totally-not-PCM, but if it walks like an Ovonic Memory Switch, looks like an Ovonic Memory Switch, quacks like an Ovonic Memory Switch, came from a company owning the IP to the Ovonic Memory Switch, and is fabricated on the obtuse Chalcogenide process, I'm going to call it an Ovonic Memory Switch.
     
  5. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Another technology 'predicted' by Star Trek.
     
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