Everyone knows what happens when you shut your computer down, namely everything in RAM goes away. Everspin wants to change that they`ve just introduces a technology they call ST-MRAM or Spin-Torque MRAM built like a DDR3 memory module.
This memory module is compatible with the JEDEC DDR3 1600 specification and features a "memory bandwidth of up to 3.2 GBytes/second at nanosecond class latency". Samples are out now with volume shipments expected in 2013.
"Everspin debuts first Spin-Torque MRAM for high performance storage systems
MRAM leader sampling 64Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM; engaging with partners to prepare design and manufacturing ecosystems.
CHANDLER, Ariz. – Nov. 12, 2012 – Everspin Technologies leads the industry in commercializing the first Spin-Torque Magnetoresistive RAM (ST-MRAM), a new type of high performance and ultra-low latency memory that is expected to transform storage architecture and help drive the continuous evolution of Moore’s Law.
ST-MRAM is a performance-optimized Storage Class Memory (SCM) that bridges the role of today’s conventional memory with the demands of tomorrow’s storage systems by providing non-volatility, high endurance and ultra-low latency. The 64Mb device is the first product in Everspin’s ST-MRAM roadmap that is planned to scale to gigabit density memories with faster speeds. Select customers are now evaluating samples of Everspin’s EMD3D064M 64Mb DDR3 ST-MRAM.
“The properties of ST-MRAM are particularly appealing to the enterprise SSD market because of its ability to enhance and complement flash memory technology,” said Joseph Unsworth, research vice president at Gartner. “The commercialization of this technology is an important industry milestone that should continue to drive SSD proliferation in data center and in-memory computing architectures.”
The first semiconductor memory that combines the speed and endurance of DRAM with the non-volatility of Flash, ST-MRAM gives designers of high performance storage systems the ability to achieve ultra low latency, increase reliability with high cycling endurance and protect data in the event of power loss. One example of potential use is in the area of cloud storage—even as more users and content are added, faster and consistent data storage access is a necessity."
nothing on pricing yet, but i can see spending some money on this