ULTRARAM is a new type of computer memory that combines speed, endurance, retention and energy efficiency into a single concept, and it was showcased at the Flash Memory Summit, the world’s largest independent storage and memory event, where its start-up Quinas Technology won in the category “Most Innovative Flash Memory Startup” for being one of the most creative and ambitious startups in the storage industry.
Invented by Manus Hayne, project coordinator and Senior Academic at Lancaster University, ULTRARAM combines the advantages of the two main types of memory: DRAM, which is the working memory of a computer, and Flash, a storage memory that is in the USB thumb drive. Furthermore, it has the ability to store data for more than 1,000 years – exceeding the capabilities of Flash and also to be read from and written very quickly and at lower energy than DRAM.
The event was carried out from August 8-10, 2023, and Professor Manus Hayne presented ULTRARAM during the session “Life Beyond Flash”, where he pointed out that the $167bn (2021) memory market is dominated (96%) by DRAM and flash, which have complementary roles in the memory hierarchy, but their disadvantages have stimulated research into emerging memories that could combine their advantages, without their limitations.
More information about the ULTRARAM project is available here.
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