Saturday, June 05, 2004

Remembering Molecular Memory

    With speculation swirling around which memory technology will drive the next generation of consumer electronics, one company, Rolltronics Corp., has boldly announced its "nanoscale" molecular memory will be ready to go by the end of 2004.
Nanoelectronics Planet, June 28, 2002
    If all goes well, by 2004 the company (CALMEC) will be fielding a 3-D prototype memory that looks like a one-cubic-inch block. However ungainly, this block will be the precursor of a 16 terabyte (that's 16,000 gigabytes or 16,000,000 megabytes) storage device with read-write speeds of 2 gigabytes. ... Currently, the company's business plan calls for a working 2-D prototype by the end of 2003 but the company needs a commercial partner to carry the technology beyond the prototype stage.
Nanoelectronics Planet, Oct. 7, 2002
    So far, MEC's ultimate goal of creating a molecular memory has been elusive, and will likely remain that way for quite some time. The earliest expected delivery date for a molecular memory prototype from DARPA's Moletronics initiative, from which MEC gets some of its funding, is 2004.
Nanoelectronics Planet, Oct. 23, 2002
    With 32 megabyte transfer speeds it is faster than flash, nonvolatile, uses 10 times less power, is denser, cheaper – 10 cents per megabyte vs. 45 cents for flash -- and, when it hits the market in mid-2004, will fit into the same pin-slots as today's products.
Small Times, Sept. 24, 2002

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