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Next Generation Non-Volatile Memory Diana Baren, Ashton Clark, Ryan Clark ECE 317, Fall 2009 Abstract Technological innovation has fueled the transition toward smaller, faster, and cheaper computer parts. One such evolution of technology is the development of memory. The strong emergence of inexpensive flash memory in recent years (“computer flash drives” and “memory sticks”) has resulted in a dominant market position that has rendered floppy disks and tapes virtually obsolete. However, this too is now being challenged as even newer forms of technologies begin to appear, with even greater efficiency, storage capacity, and cost- effectiveness. Historically, random access memory (RAM, a volatile memory form), has been the most widely utilized form of temporary data storage in computers. It remains the least expensive form of fast-access data storage available. However, the inability of RAM to retain data without a power source leads to shortcomings, e.g. loss of data when power is removed from the computer. Nearly everyone has experienced at one time or another a
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