Freescale Semiconductor announces the availability of magnetoresistive random-access memory
Freescale Semiconductor is claiming to have achieved what the memory chipmakers have been trying to do since a very long time. The company announced the commercial availability of new chip, which combines the features of a traditional memory with hard drives.
These new chips are called random-access memory or MRAM and they can store information by relying on magnetic properties rather than an electrical charge.
This is better than the massively popular Flash memory chips in a way that MRAM is fast to read and write bits and the quality does not degrade after constant usage.
The company added that they are manufacturing this 4-megabit MRAM chips at an Arizona factory. Sources claim that a big list of tech giants is pursuing to gain access to this technology. IBM is said to be one of the giants looking at developing something similar.
If MRAM proves to be successful, it can become a useful add-on to a large number of electrical and consumer devices. It can someday power computers, digital cameras and mobile phones and even computing components used in cars and electronic appliances.
One of the most potent uses of this memory chip would be to deploy it in place of RAM modules in a computer. It would result in a PC that can act like a television set by cutting down the time to load up the operating system and performing other boot tasks as the data would remain active in the memory module even after the machine is turned off.