Breakthrough in UltraRAM Technology Brings Us Nearer to a Single RAM and Storage Solution Across the Board

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Photo: Vesnaandjic/Getty (Getty Images) – Using this next-generation component, you may have the speed of RAM and the storage capacity of an SSD. A study team at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom may have come up with the next big thing in computer speed and efficiency, and it’s all because to new chip fabrication processes, quicker SSD storage, and the application of AI and machine learning.

If you’re looking for a RAM that doesn’t lose data when it’s switched off, you’ll find it in the form of UltraRAM, a combination of RAM and SSD storage. Here are the two most widely utilized components in today’s technology.

You’re more than likely to find a solid-state drive (SSD) in any contemporary laptop or desktop. Non-volatile refers to the fact that this component, which makes use of flash memory, keeps data even after your computer has been turned down. In contrast, if you attempted to store data onto RAM, a sort of volatile memory, they would be erased as soon as the power was turned off.

As a result, consumer goods’ RAM only saves data for a short period of time before it is processed. Data is fetched from your SSD (or HDD) and transferred to fast-access RAM so that the CPU can use it immediately. Non-volatile storage, such as an SSD, may be used as RAM, however even the fastest storage alternatives are many times slower than DRAM.

In order to keep our treasured information safe for months or even years, we separate storage from RAM, which can read and write swiftly to a CPU but lacks the capacity to hold onto data when there is no power. Consequently, we employ storage and RAM separately.

Lancaster University researchers have published a research paper titled “UltraRAM” that describes a new non-volatile RAM that can store information without being given electricity while yet delivering the same performance as DRAM. As a “best of both worlds” component, this “universal memory type” has the potential to act as both a computer’s storage and its memory in the future.

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Extensive endurance tests of more than 107 program-erase cycles show that these memories are nonvolatile and have a long lifespan,” researchers noted in their paper.

If you’re interested in learning more about UltraRAM’s technology and methodologies, I recommend you to read the study article. Compound semiconductors, which are often used in LEDs and lasers, may be utilized to develop a RAM/storage hybrid that can be mass manufactured at a cheap cost. The final result might be used in a wide range of devices, including smartwatches, consoles, and data servers.

All of this is very exciting, but it’s crucial to keep in mind that many have attempted and failed to deliver this RAM holy grail to the marketplace. An earlier effort was unsuccessful because it was either very costly or took too long to scale. UltraRAM has the potential to revolutionize the way our electronics work if the Lancaster University team can overcome these possible stumbling blocks.

As a result of their efforts, the researchers believe they will be able to “fine-tune [the] manufacturing process, implement a normally-off channel design and scale the devices.”