This is a guest post from Mike Montemorra, who is a technology guru with long and successful career in computer industry. Mike keeps an eye on the latest developments in computer and storage technology and publishes his observations weekly. Below is his brief summary of what was important in the past week.
What did we learn last week?
Another HDD MAMR technology discussion with associated ‘roadmap’, this time by the only announced 9D HDD maker out there, Toshiba. Is 20TB closer than we think?
Good news for everyone in the biz that storage demand continues to grow, so this current oversupply situation should remedy itself with time. Meanwhile, it is an opportunity to develop compelling new products to gain share.
This is an interesting article on the maturing of eMRAM by both SMG and Intel. The cross-sections shown are beautiful and hopefully are also well behaved (also hopefully typical for the process). Tom Coughlin/The Memory Guy are about to release a report on emerging memories of which eMRAM is a part and it promises to be very instructive. Here is a teaser.
…and finally, some products are already being announced, including this AI accelerator chip with 40MB of eMRAM onboard. Does anybody believe that embedded storage class memory won’t be the next ‘big’ revolution in compute?
Source: Sungkyunkwan Univ.
Not only can MoTe2 work as a very fast transistor as this image indicates, but it may also be possible to use this unique transition metal dichalcogenide material as a memristor. Very cool… This is still in the early developmental stage, so watch for developments as this one matures.
New flash, old controller, acceptable performance from a storage stalwart. It is too bad that Seagate couldn’t deliver anything truly distinctive in this offering.
RISC-V continues to evolve and could, in a few years, become the open-source standard for cloud and IoT instances. New SOC’s are being announced. …but will early adopters become industry leaders as a result or will this be another slog with the big-boys?
The search is on for future semiconductor materials that are fast, energy efficient and compatible with processing equipment. A ‘topological Dirac semi-metal’, Na3Bi, is a promising candidate with some important distinctions from graphene structures. These are early studies, but the characteristics of this material look interesting and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing whether this material can be matured.
A promising compound for use in quantum computing might be this Cu based structure. It looks stable and could provide a path to building quantum computers with potentially billions of qubits! All we need is to figure out how to connect to and interact with these qubits, but this is at least a step in the right direction…
For those of us that use Marriott services, please read and take note of these wise words from Krebs on Security. … and a related article as to who was behind this data siphoning…