HP, SanDisk to Develop Their Own Storage-Class Memory
The partnership will center on HP's Memristor IP and patents to go with SanDisk's non-volatile ReRAM memory and its manufacturing/design expertise.In a direct response to Intel and Micron's July 28 announcement of 3D XPoint non-volatile memory, Hewlett-Packard and SanDisk announced a long-term agreement to jointly develop their own storage-class memory that could replace DRAM and would be 1,000 times faster than NAND flash. Funny, those are the exact same words used by Intel and Micron a little more than two months ago to describe their new processor. 3D XPoint (pronounced 3D Crosspoint) is the first completely new memory form factor since Toshiba brought NAND flash to the market way back in 1989. Intel and Micron claimed it is 1,000 times faster than NAND flash, and if that guess is only 10 percent accurate for both it and HP-SanDisk's new product, that's still pretty fast. The HP-SanDisk partnership announced Oct. 8 will center on HP’s Memristor intellectual property and patents to go with SanDisk's non-volatile ReRAM memory technology and its manufacturing and design expertise. Resistive random-access memory (ReRAM or RRAM) is based on the memory resistor concept, which is where the term "memristor" emanates. The name "memristor" was created by UC Berkeley scientist Leon Chua in the early 1970s.
All of this IP will be used to create new enterprise-wide solutions for the new sector called memory-driven computing. The two companies also will partner in enhancing data center solutions with SanDisk's solid-state drives.