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What's Next For Flash?
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joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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8/18/2014 | 5:43:20 PM
Re: Spintronics
I think the helium spinning drives are just entering volume sales. My take is that we are seeing the long-term future of spinners as being bulk drives, competing on a $/GB basis. SSD are well on the way to taking over the performance end of the market.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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8/18/2014 | 5:31:44 PM
Re: Spintronics
Agreed, there needs to be a certain level of market traction (high demand) before a technological advancement gains some form of exponential progress, without the market traction -- progress seems to follow a more linear graph. I feel Flash has gained a relativity good level of market traction over the last 7 years.

Last year, I heard about spinning hard drives that were filled with helium, these drives created the capability to increase storage beyond the 4TB range. But, after that I did not hear much about these hard drives, making me assume that the market requires speed over capacity.   
joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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8/18/2014 | 2:10:47 PM
Re: Spintronics
Spintronics is elegant as a nonvolatile storage solution, I can see it being used today as an alternative to capacitive or battery holdup in SSD and RAID cards. Getting to high density and volume production is still challenging, and then there are economics to consider.
joreilly925
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joreilly925,
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8/18/2014 | 2:07:06 PM
Re: 3D flash
Marcia, I think 3D flash will appear in volume next year.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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8/18/2014 | 12:26:26 PM
Spintronics
Spintronics has always interested me as a next-step technology after our current computing methods hit their limit. It feels like a true manipulation of real world physics, rather than the much harder to understand quantum computing which is presumably more of an end goal for hardware (and ultimately software) development. 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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8/18/2014 | 11:18:38 AM
3D flash
Jim, how far along are the efforts to develop 3D flash? Will we see it very soon on the market?


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