Memory breakthrough could mean smaller, faster electronics

A new alloy could lead to smaller memory chips some 500 times faster than today’s, said developers at IBM Corp. and two partners on Monday. The alloy, based on materials commonly used in CDs and DVDs, could result in a new generation of digital cameras and music players capable of storing more data using less power, the researchers said. Working at IBM Research laboratories on both U.S. coasts, scientists from IBM, Macronix International Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and Qimonda AG of Germany created a prototype non-volatile memory device that changed state more than 500 times faster than current flash memory while using half the power.

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