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Hardware News   Hardware News : IBM, Infineon Develop Most Advanced MRAM Technology to Date
   posted by MikeB on 10-Jun-2003 19:51:12 (1530 reads)
IBM and Infineon Technologies AG announced that the companies have developed the most advanced Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM) technology to date. MRAM allows data to be kept in memory even while the computer is turned off. This new type of RAM should result into ?instant on' computers, allowing users to turn computers on and off as quickly as a light switch.
    

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MikeB 
Re: IBM, Infineon Develop Most Advanced MRAM Technology to D
Posted on 10-Jun-2003 19:58:20
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This would IMO be extremely cool. This could make the usage of computers feel more like 'normal' electric house appliances/devices, such as TVs, radios, etc.

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Except that the TV or Radio would actually store whatever program you were listening on at the time and just continue at the same place you switched it off :)

But you're right, it would be very nice. Wonder how they will put the price on these things. Probably the same as with any new technology... remember when the CD-rom was introduced? Or the DVD-burners? Ouch..


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Right, so looking into my crystal ball: parts for a new Amiga in 2005:

IBM PowerPC 970 processor - check!
AmigaOS on ROM chip - check!
MRAM to take the mick - check!
stopwatch to try and work out if there is any boot time - check!


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It's technology like this, that may be able to make people change platform.

A whole new experience!

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@ Reflect

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Except that the TV or Radio would actually store whatever program you were listening on at the time and just continue at the same place you switched it off :)


I don't see a reason why this should not someday be possible.

When memory areas can be well protected and seperated from eachother then IMO ideally the computer would then be able to remember various different states used by various different users. For example "user1" turns on the computer with the "user1 switch" and then instantly continues playing his game, turns off the system, "user2" then turns on the computer with switch2 (+maybe a password) and continues writing his document, etc. (provided there is enough MRAM available)

I know this is currently only me dreaming, but very interesting nevertheless.

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