memory

Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung have taken the wraps off of the industry's smallest 2GB DDR3 memory chips, built using 50nm processes, which allows for 60-percent higher productivity than DDR2 chips of an equivalent density.  It opens the door for up to 16GB RIMMS (Registered In-line Memory Modules) that save 40-percent of the power required for the same RIMM based on 1GB DDR3 chips.

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Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Japanese scientists have discovered a method of changing magnetic domains - such as those used in RAM and hard-drives - using magnetic fields rather than the current process of electromagnets, in a system that could see storage become faster and more energy efficient.  Magnetic domains, tiny regions inside magnetic materials that behave as individual magnets and can be flipped from north to south, are currently manipulated by an electromagnet, encoding binary 1 or 0.  With the new system that electromagnet is bypassed: applying voltage to a nearby electrode creates an electric field that shifts the domains.

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SanDisk announces 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro

SanDisk announces 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro

SanDisk will soon be announcing their largest mobile phone storage capacity to date with their 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2). And with a release date in October for the U.S., Europe and Asia, they're just in time to bring the recently announced T-Mobile G1 up to a level playing field with the iPhone 3G in terms of storage capacity.

These new higher capacity memory cards are intended to fall in line with the numerous features available on today's handsets. Where there are more features, there's more need for storage, so SanDisk is keeping with the times. But these cards are not just meant for mobile phones. In fact, they can be used in GPS and video cameras as well.

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Kingston 8GB microSDHC memory card

Kingston 8GB microSDHC memory card

Storage manufacturer Kingston has announced a new microSDHC card, which packs 8GB and supports up to 4MB/sec transfers.  Intended for use with media files on cellphones and other mobile devices, it can also be used in full-sized SDHC slots courtesy of the card adaptor.

Sony Memory Stick Micro 8GB finally arrives

Sony Memory Stick Micro 8GB finally arrives

Sony have announced their largest capacity Memory Stick Micro card yet, offering 8GB of storage on the frankly tiny chip.  The M2 card doubles the previous maximum storage, meaning mobile users (the format is common in Sony Ericsson cellphones) can store over 2000 128kbps MP3s or over 5,000 5-megapixel photos.

Fujifilm 310x CompactFlash is world’s fastest memory card

Fujifilm 310x CompactFlash is world’s fastest memory card

Another day, another "World's fastest"; this time it's the turn of Fuji, who are frothing with excitement over their new CompactFlash card.  The 310x version offers pro-photographers (because it's most likely they who will take advantage of such things) the fastest sustained write speed of any memory card currently available.  Requiring a UDMA compatible digital SLR or camcorder, the new card boasts a write speed of 46.5MB/sec.

SanDisk Extreme III PRO-HG Duo: 30MB/s data for DSLRs

SanDisk Extreme III PRO-HG Duo: 30MB/s data for DSLRs

If SanDisk continues their current naming pattern, they might soon run out of space to print on their memory cards; the company has just announced its fastest ever Memory Stick, the SanDisk Extreme III Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the card's claim to fame are its 30MB/s read & write speeds. That makes the Extreme III particularly suited to high-resolution DSLR cameras and HD camcorders.