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I didn't know that MRAM was something that existed, but apparently, it's nearer to release than most people would expect.

Basically, MRAM is a high-speed hard disk/CompactFlash card replacement for RAM. It can store its contents without power (like your hard drive or a CompactFlash card, both of which use magnetism, instead of electricity), which would allow you to shut down and turn on your computer (or cell phone, PDA, etc.) in lickety-split time. Other benefits: it's denser (4 GB chips, anyone?), it's cheaper (so they say), and it's faster - up to six times!

We'll see. I leave my computer on 24/7, not because I don't like the startup time but because my Mac(s) draw so little power in sleep mode that it's just silly not to.

2 Responses to "MRAM"

  1. Wow--strange that you mention that! Some colleagues and I were just discussing that the other day. I'd never heard of it, but I have a friend who is a sales engineer for National Instruments and he has a customer who is using something like that in a computer that has to operate at very high altitudes. Pretty cool (but still really expensive).

  2. Coolness. In a geeky way.

    Erik mentions an interesting possible replacement for the RAM of today. It’s the MRAM of tomorrow. Making loading times faster than the blink of an eyed is something gamers dream of. (Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard about Dungeon Siege’s lack ...