Samsung has super-fast new MRAM memory, but it can't make enough of it

Samsung has cooked up the fastest memory of its kind and wants to show it at an event next month, May 24. Called MRAM (short for magnetoresistant random access memory), this type of non-volatile memory uses spin torque transfer technology to read and write data up to 1,000 times faster than current NAND solutions. It also uses less power while active, and consumption hits zero when inactive.

Sounds too good to be true, right? So where's the catch? Well, Samsung is unable to produce more than a few megabytes of the stuff per unit right now. So MRAM is only good as supplemental cache memory to application processors for the time being. Initially, it's going to go to partnering firm NXP's Internet-of-Things devices, before ending up in more types of electronic devices – including smartphones.

Being fast and low-powered, MRAM is ideal for the kind of memory that's accessed frequently and meant to help a processor operate at peak performance. Its addition could allow for faster and more power-efficient smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices than we have today.




1. metalspy101

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

RIP iphone

2. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What? Why do you think iPhone might not have this one if it's proven to be a great memory chip.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014


5. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Comments like this are always precious in hindsight...

11. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

What lol? If samsung makes enough of this, the iPhone will use it.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

after 20years of development.. MRAM finally found it's place... and about size, it will keep growing just like any other storage type.. (as long as company keeps funding the development) even 10TB HDD start from 3.75MB back then..

6. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

We always hear about Samsung innovating these technologies, but we never see them apply them into to their own products.

9. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

ROFL, what a pure BS of a comment. I bet being iFanatic is the cause.

16. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Apple is worst offender IMO, but he is kinda right. I don't know current situation of denser batteries, but we don't have RWB sensors for sure yet. Like many other manufacturer Samsung currently have 3D NAND for much denser, much cheaper and more durable storage chips, but not yet for mobile space.

15. SaRPeR

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You never them apply them to their own products because Samsung never advertises them much even though they apply them.

7. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Your mobile ads suck!

8. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Think you made a mistake. MRAM OR ANY type of RAM is volatile.

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This is more like optane.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope, MRAM falls into NVRAM category.... and what is NV in NVRAM stands for? yup, it's NON VOLATILE popular type of NVRAM is: - flash storage, commonly based on NAND, you can find it inside flash drive, or microSD - SSD, everyone know this thing - 3D XPoint, it's hot topic lately.. because optane :D

13. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

sorry for dumb question, how fast is this compare to the new intel 3d xpoint ?

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Will likely compete with intel's 3d xpoint, in terms of speed, I think this is slightly faster in promise, we will have to wait for actual benchmarks to tell, course like all new tech, it will take a while

14. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Samsung inventing,, iphone buying and everybody happy.

18. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Smh guys samsung won't be developing this memory chip for use in their own devices,it's for everyone..

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