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Researchers develop silicon ReRAM chip, send warning shot to Flash memory

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/20/researchers-develop-silicon-reram-chip/

Researchers develop silicon ReRAM chip, send warning shot to Flash memory

Does the word ReRAM ring a bell? No? Well, the key point is that it’s much faster than NAND memory, and it’s making its way into chips from Elpida, Sharp and Panasonic. Further proof that ReRAM is on the up and up? Researchers at University College London have used this technology to make a chip that operates at 100 times the speed of standard Flash memory. The device is composed completely of silicon oxide, which improves the chip’s resistance, and it doesn’t require a vacuum to work (which makes it cheaper to produce). But this new chip is more than just a faster alternative to Flash; its ability to move between different states of conductivity means it can be configured as a memristor, or a device that handles both data-processing and storage tasks. In the long term, researchers hope this technology can pave the way for silicon oxide CPUs — and UCL is already using this design to help develop transparent memory chips for mobile devices. Need to know more? Feast your heart on the gritty details via the link below.

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Sunday, May 20th, 2012 news No Comments

There’s One Segment Of Best Buy That’s Simply Getting Destroyed

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-buy-entertainment-sales-collapse-2012-3

 

Today Best Buy announced layoffs and store closures, as results continue to disappoint.

None of the businesses are too hot, but there’s one are that REALLY stands out as bad.

Entertainment (which is games, DVDs, etc.) is getting crushed. After falling 14% YOY last Q4, it then fell another 20% this Q4.

One bright spot is actually a very bright spot for the total economy and that’s appliances. This is a sign of more housing activity, and everyone should be happy about that.

As to the key point, anyone who has ever been into a Best Buy knows how much floor space was devoted to entertainment media, and area that seems to be on the permanent decline.

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