After 38 years, a new type of memory to hit market

by admin April 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm

It’s been a long haul for phase change memory, but the goal is in sight.

Numonyx, the memory joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Intel, is already shipping samples of phase change memory (PCM) chips to customers and will start shipping PCM chips commercially later this year, CEO Brian Harrison said at a press conference Monday.

“We expect to bring it to market this year and generate some revenue,” Harrison said. “It is one to two years before it becomes widely commercially available.”

Hearing a CEO talk about existing samples and near-term commercial shipments is a big deal for PCM. The technology has been stuck in the proverbial “a few years away” phase for a long time.

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