We might soon be seeing the demise of the humble NAND flash drive and memory card. That’s right, your tablet’s storage and those high-speed cards in your camera may be feeling like last year’s turtle rather than this year’s hare once the cutely named ReRAM comes onto the market. Resistive RAM, to give the miracle tech its full name, not only has the potential to be significantly faster and more energy efficient, but it will be cheaper to produce too…
Researchers at University College London have created a new silicon oxide version of ReRAM that’s about a hundred times as quick as good old NAND storage while using one thousandth of the energy - and doesn’t require a vacuum to produce, meaning it will cost less to produce. It would appear that Adnan Mehonic from UCL’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, isn’t overstating the case when he says that “The potential for this material is huge”.
Did we mention ReRAM is potentially more durable too? Oh, and to top it all off, thanks to the properties of the UCL-developed material it can be used as a memristor. It’s no wonder that the tech is already set to make its way into products from the likes of Panasonic and Sharp. Suffice to say: we want. A lot.