Apple betting heavily on flash RAM

Apple betting heavily on flash RAM
Apple doesn’t make many acquisitions, so when they buy a company it’s worth taking a closer look to get a peek at where Apple is headed. Last week we reported that Apple bought Anobit, maker of a unique type of flash Ram.

For those of you who don’t keep up with the different types of RAM, flash RAM is able to act as permanent storage - think of it as a hard-drive without moving parts - because it stores information even when the device is powered down. DRAM, the type you buy in sticks to upgrade your PC with, can only store information when the device is actively powering the RAM. This makes DRAM very fast at getting information into and out of its temporary storage as the CPU needs it, but also explains why you need a hard-drive or other storage device in addition to DRAM in your computer.

Due to its small size and lower power consumption, flash RAM is heavily favored in mobile devices over platter-based hard-drives, and Apple’s mobile devices all make use of it. Moreover, many of Apple’s laptops (including all of the MacBook Air models) use flash RAM as a solid state drive (SSD) that replaces the spinning-platter hard-drives more normally seen in computers.

It’s easy to see why Apple is interested in flash RAM production, but why Anobit? Possibly to get a lock on Anobit’s Memory Signal Processing (MSP) technology. MSP is intended to increase reliability and performance while lowering power consumption, all qualities that Apple would like to see as distinguishing features of their mobile devices going forward.

By purchasing Anobit, they can make sure MSP-based flash RAM is always available to their iDevices, and restrict its use in competitors’ devices. And they think highly enough of that technology to spend close to half a billion dollars in a rare purchase of another hardware company.

source: AppleInsider

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10 Comments

1. TheStig

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I love it.

2. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

me too and I like Top Gear. The stig is awesome.

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

they have an ipad on top gear

3. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I love SSDs cant wait till I can afford putting one in my laptop, FRAM seems to be a perfect companion to that.

4. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

....and now in fandroid land. Google has been working on this for years now :)

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Dude do you ever shut up? God... you're almost as bad as c.hack

6. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

lol Gemini made a funny. Thanks for the chuckle iamcc loosen the waistband on your panties, it was a joke

7. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Is Apple planning to build their own products.

8. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

doubtful

10. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

I think Apple is planning to add Anobit's patents into their suing arsenal.

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