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Phones with 1 TB of memory coming down the pipe thanks to shovel-ready resistive RAM tech

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Phones with 1 TB of memory coming down the pipe thanks to shovel-ready resistive RAM tech
How about carrying all your photos, your music collection and all seasons of our favorite TV series with you at all times, wrapped conveniently in your smartphone delivery system? Deal. Huge storage capacities for our mobile devices are in the pipeline, people, and the latest Rice University invention just piles up on the technologies waiting to wow us in phones going forward.

Most of these discoveries are not ready for prime time yet, or not able to be produced in mass quantities with the existing conveyor belts setup. The Rice U. researchers, however, created a sort of RRAM (resistive RAM) that can be made with current tools, and at room temperature at that, paving the way for its quick adoption by manufacturers. Five years in the making, the technology now involves the almighty silicon oxide (what else), the stuff that holds promise for the future marathon endurance of our mobile device batteries as well. The concoction asks for much less power to be operational, has incredible memory density, and heat isn't an issue anymore.

Long story short, RRAM is expected to replace the current flash memory convention with chips the size of a postage stamp that can hold 1 TB of data, and this discovery is shaping up to be at the forefront. The Rice University team hinted that a bunch of memory manufacturers have circled the wagons around the invention, hoping to license it for mass production, so we should expect something tangible fairly soon. All in all, it's good that both iOS and Android moved to 64-bit mobile OS editions, able to address much more memory, as the perspective for lugging around speedy 1 TB in our mobile devices sounds mighty enticing.

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posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:16 11

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2814; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Whoah!!! That's great news.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:06 6

16. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Indeed! Goodbye SD cards! Hello 1TB of storage muhaha

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:59 1

18. sgodsell (Posts: 1403; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


With that kind of storage now you can have multiple OS's installed and all kinds of things. Think about it most computers you buy today only give you for starters is 128/256gb drives (ssd). You can buy some with a terabyte in a notebook. Of course you can buy your own drives and add in the size you want. But most new purchases today top out at 1tb or storage. Now if they have a tb in a phone, OMG. Time to install all the development tools on the phone when that occurs.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:11 2

20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Also it is good because now we will have more space for recorded 4K videos. :)

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 00:07

38. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


LOL. The 4K video will make our brand new 1TB storage in smartphone feels like 8GB.

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 00:07

37. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I'm excited to have 16TB notebook & 2TB phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:03 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 3132; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I will believe when its actually available. Its more than average 16GB desktop configuration.

In a few years maybe.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 04:37 1

2. vuyonc (Posts: 346; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Yeeeeees

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 05:14 3

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3598; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I know a lot of people don't even use 4gb of storage in their phones.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:22

14. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Yeah some people are like that. Most smartphone owners I know feel the need to have an SD card slot for extra memory, but there was a time when I borrowed some just to play with it and they don't even know how to install apps on their SD. So the SD is just there for some unknown reason lol.

..and then there are some people like me who have only 120GB on my laptop. I just don't feel the need to save content that can be streamed on my devices. Most of my photos goes to FB (I don't really care about privacy issues, people can feel free stealing my pics lol) and music/vids I stream.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 08:32 1

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 865; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


And some people say Cucumbers taste better pickled... but I ain't got that kind of time.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:27

27. fzacek (Posts: 2105; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That's me. I've taken up just about 4GB on my 32GB Nexus 5, lol. I don't usually listen to music so I don't have 1000's of songs that clog up my storage...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 13:26 2

30. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 890; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I filled up 30GB of storage on my M8 on the first day, had to buy a 32GB card to complement it lol

posted on 26 Jul 2014, 00:09

39. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)


My mom What's App folder have more than 3GB of usage in 6 months of a video/photo sent to/from her. I must constantly remind her to remove some of the video/photo.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:01

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2903; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


This is great news for mobile world.

I kept seeing Rambus reading this though.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:02 2

5. aaronix (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


i am one of them. The max i have used is 3GB

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:49

11. khaledmhawesh (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


how can u live with 3 gb storage i use 26gb ( i have 32 gb built in ) , each rom each backup needs a one gb . that would be great solution

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 11:03 1

25. bestmvno (Posts: 171; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


I take lots of pictures and occasional video clips of my golf swing for slow playback analysis, so that can eat up memory pretty quick. Plus I have a few albums from spotify enabled for offline listening. Same for google play music

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:07 2

6. Anthony6612 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


I would load more movies and music onto my note 3 and my 32GB sd card if I had the room. I use my phone as if it was a media center pc that makes calls and texts and can play games. Having that kind of memory in my phone would make it a laptop and desktop replacement for me.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:27

8. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Indeed.
Now I just want a phone that is(apart from being near indestructible and with a battery that lasts for a week haha) able to intelligently recognize the owner and make itself unusable to the thief.. that would ease my mind about carrying my only pc everywhere with me.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:32 1

10. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


You would still need a way to backup that data.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:13

21. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Um, cloud services are available for a long time now, in case you missed it

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:18

7. juandante (Posts: 371; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


PS : the fact that android is 64 bit dont have no relation with how much mass storage it can handle (if this thing is aimed for mass storage).

Maybe in the future we will see memory-less (RAM) phones with the mass storage and current RAM having the same role

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:28

9. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


1. No more exhorbitant price increase from 16GB to 32GB to 64GB (Apple, etc..)
2. Interested in seeing what desktop storage capacity will be offered.
3. Entire Steam/GOG collection in my system.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 06:55

12. peace247 (Posts: 98; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Ohhh man future is going to be soooo great..!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:15 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6688; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Best news I heard all year :) no more SD CARDS!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 07:35

15. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


and faster! great

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 09:20

22. Gadgety (Posts: 99; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Impressive. Looking forward to a smartwatch with 1TB of storage.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:05

23. xfire99 (Posts: 565; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


It wont be released for commercial use for years and even it comes out. OEMs wont release it on theirs devices.
Its called BUSINESS!
Digital cameras and Camcorders maybe. But forget smartphones/tablets in near future.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 15:31

36. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


And a new company (eg 1+1) will stand up to challenge the competition.!

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 10:43

24. kassi (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 May 2013)


we wont see 1 tb of ram in the next 10 years, i can assure you that.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:14

26. syncronyze (Posts: 98; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


This is so stupid, there's no point in using 1TB. Even on Android currently you'd be hard pressed to fill up at least half of that.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:30

28. fzacek (Posts: 2105; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I've only filled up 4GB on my phone...

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 12:39

29. xfire99 (Posts: 565; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Its nice for 720P/1080P recording that takes alot of space at high fps and RAW format.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 15:40

31. syncronyze (Posts: 98; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Sure it's nice, but it's not necessary. Especially since people will usually go for a DSLR camera or a very high quality camera instead of just a smartphone camera if they're very serious about video recording. Most recordings in high quality on smartphones aren't longer than like 20 minutes tops.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:43

34. Fellwalker (Posts: 64; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


At present. But look to the future. Even now, add off line world maps from OSMand, a few movies and your music collection. Add ordnance survey maps of the UK in 1:25000, a true satnav like sygic or TomTom, some heavy duty games and reference apps, and you'll be breaching the best current phone capacity. On my 32GB phone I regularly have to clean out and archive to my PC, and I've no space for music or movies.
I'm more interested in what it can do for my PC, where I had to remove stuff to remain within my existing 1TB. Thank goodness for big USB 3 portable drives.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:52

32. na7noo7 (Posts: 270; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


32GB of RAM is enough for me.

posted on 24 Jul 2014, 17:56

33. Not_Amused321 (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Believe it when I see a phone in United States with one terabyte

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 02:44

35. tomakali (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


1TB storage is very much required for devices like Windows Tab/Hybrid laptops. that much of data is available for windows platform. 1TB for iPad imo is required to fill it with 90% movie and photos etc

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