Solid state drive and drive enabling technology continues to roll out. I will try to capture some of the latest developments that I have seen over the last month and a half. These range from an update on the PCIe generation 5.0 interface, new SSD controllers from Marvell for 96-layer NAND flash, Kingston client SSDs and a new NOR product family geared for automotive and industrial applications from Cypress. PCIe is the computer interface that NVMe is based upon. PCIe 4.0 with raw performance of 16 giga-transitions per second (GT/s) was introduced in 2017.
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM). The current memory landscape spans from venerable DRAM to hard disk drives to ubiquitous flash. But in the last several years PCM has attracted the industry's attention as a potential universal memory technology based on its combination of read/write speed, endurance, non-volatility and density. For example, PCM doesn't lose data when powered off, unlike DRAM, and the technology can endure at least 10 million write cycles, compared to an average flash USB stick, which tops out at 3,000 write cycles. This research breakthrough provides fast and easy storage to capture the exponential growth of data from mobile devices and the Internet of Things.
Artificial intelligence is opening the best opportunities for semiconductor companies in decades. How can they capture this value? Software has been the star of high tech over the past few decades, and it's easy to understand why. With PCs and mobile phones, the game-changing innovations that defined this era, the architecture and software layers of the technology stack enabled several important advances. In this environment, semiconductor companies were in a difficult position. Although their innovations in chip design and fabrication enabled next-generation devices, they received only a small share of the value coming from the technology stack--about 20 to 30 percent with PCs and 10 to 20 percent with mobile. But the story for semiconductor companies could be different with the growth of artificial intelligence (AI)--typically defined as the ability of a machine to perform cognitive functions associated with human minds, such as perceiving, reasoning, and learning.
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