hynix toshiba Hynix and Toshiba team up to develop MRAM

The major computer memory technology today is SDRAM in various shapes or forms, but there have been talks about various solutions set to replace the aging memory type with faster and more power efficient options with vastly improved performance. Well, Hynix and Toshiba has announced that the two are teaming up to develop Spin-Transfer Torque Magnetoresistance Random Access Memory or simply put, MRAM.

The major computer memory technology today is SDRAM in various shapes or forms, but there have been talks about various solutions set to replace the aging memory type with faster and more power efficient options with vastly improved performance. Well, Hynix and Toshiba has announced that the two are teaming up to develop Spin-Transfer Torque Magnetoresistance Random Access Memory or simply put, MRAM.

The two companies aren't just going to develop the new memory type, but they're also going to cooperate in manufacturing it to. This should in theory help the two companies not only save money, but hopefully also reduce the research time and get products to market quicker. That said, we're still quite some time away from final products. The two companies are also extending their cross licensing and product supply agreements with regards to current products.

If successfully developed, MRAM has several benefits over SDRAM. For starters it's non-volatile, in other words it can act like flash memory which means that a computer will really be able to go down in proper standby mode in the future without the risk of losing data in case of a power loss. It's also more power efficient while still offering higher performance than SDRAM. Don't expect MRAM to replace flash memory any time soon though, as that's not the target market. That said, it might very well end up in some storage solutions as a high-performance cache for SSDs and hard drives, as long as the cost per GB isn't too high.

Source: Toshiba