Non-volatile memory conference next week

by Robin Harris on Thursday, 3 March, 2016

I’m looking forward to attending the 7th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop 2016 at UC San Diego next week. I couldn’t make FAST 16 this year – darn it! – so this will be my Q1 storage wonk fix.

My focus is on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets, and it is clear that non-flash NVM is the next frontier. Flash has too many trade-offs to remain the dominant NVM for the next 10 years – at least in the high performance NVM space.

A number of NVMs are already on the market. The big announce last year was Intel/Micron 3D XPoint. The announcement was sketchy, and their ensuing silence has reinforced that opinion.

But several other companies, such as Crossbar and Adesto, are also in the running. Some are already shipping product to paying customers.

The StorageMojo take
Given its UCSD location, I’m expecting this conference to be academic, not commercial. The path of non-flash NVM to commercial success will be difficult, given the scale of flash production, its continuing price decreases, and the technical improvements that address key issues such as endurance.

But I’m confident such a path will be found. I hope it will be sooner rather than later.

Courteous comments welcome, of course.

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