Racetrack Memory Breakthrough

Racetrack memory is a type of computer data storage technique which makes use of magnetic nanowire and electric pulses to store data. It is a non-volatile memory which means data will stay on the racetrack memory like hard disks after power off. Racetrack memory is developed by IBM and the research team has recently demonstrated a working prototype with 256 racetrack cells.

The key benefits of racetrack memory are its speed and durability. It will allow read-write speed similar to that of DRAM. This is a massive improvement compared with today’s hard disks read-write performance. It will greatly improve the performance of intensive processing of large amount of data. It is also expected that racetrack memory will be more durable than current solid state memory e.g. flash drives.

While racetrack memory has many benefits, it will still take more time for research and development before it becomes widely available. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racetrack_memory

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