Elpida's secret weapon: Intermolecular
Mark LaPedus, EE Times, Jul 14, 2008
''After forty years in the research labs, phase-change memory reached a milestone in February 2008, when Intel Corp. announced it was
sampling a 128-Mbit phase-change memory (PCM) device. The milestone heralded a new phase in the long road to commercialization for phase-change memories,'' said Gregory Wong, an analyst with Forward Insights.
''The initial four years is expected to be the learning phase as vendors struggle to manufacture
PCM in volume at high yields and OEMs modify firmware to take advantage of the fast performance and bit-alterability of PCM,'' he said. ''However, a combination of aggressive advanced process technology transitions, physical cell size reduction and multi-level cell functionality is expected to accelerate cost reductions and make phase-change memory a viable candidate to replace
flash memory in the next five years.''