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

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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39 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Whoah!!! That's great news.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

18. sgodsell

Posts: 6700; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

38. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

37. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I will believe when its actually available. Its more than average 16GB desktop configuration. In a few years maybe.

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Yeeeeees

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

14. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

27. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

39. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is great news for mobile world. I kept seeing Rambus reading this though.

5. aaronix

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

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

11. khaledmhawesh

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 14, 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

25. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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

6. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 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.

8. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You would still need a way to backup that data.

21. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 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

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

12. peace247 unregistered

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

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

and faster! great

22. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

23. xfire99

Posts: 1204; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

36. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

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