Universal Memory created, the 'Holy Grail of memory' which can replace DRAM and Flash memory

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 12:37 PM

Researchers at Lancaster University have created ‘Universal Memory’. The end product of decades of experimentation, Universal Memory is touted as a total replacement for DRAM and flash memory. 

Universal Memory capability centres around its ultra-low energy consumption. According to the report from researchers, computers and gadgets have completely wiped out the energy savings from efficient lighting and appliances and, by 2025, are expected to consume 20% of the planet’s electricity. Using Universal Memory would bring down peak power consumption by a fifth instantly.

In practical terms, Universal Memory could theoretically mean computers never have to even boot up or, potentially, the ability for a system to invisibly go into an energy-saving sleep mode between keystrokes while typing.

"Universal memory, which has robustly stored data that is easily changed, is widely considered to be unfeasible, or even impossible, but this device demonstrates its contradictory properties," said physics professor Manus Hayne. 

The actual workings of the device are still a bit of a mystery to us. The researchers have used quantum mechanics to create memory which is capable of both stable, long-term data storage as well as high speeds and low energy consumption. 

“The ideal is to combine the advantages of both without their drawbacks, and this is what we have demonstrated,” continued Professor Hayne. “Our device has an intrinsic data storage time that is predicted to exceed the age of the Universe, yet it can record or delete data using 100 times less energy than DRAM.” 

It’s the complete package, on paper at least, and the researchers believe it has the potential to completely replace the current $100 billion memory market.

All of the assorted patents are being filed around the world as we speak, although we suspect such a seismic change as the researchers are proposing may take a while to actually come to fruition.

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05:21 Jul-04-2019

does the "someone's going to die w/ no reasons" works here?

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21:12 Jul-07-2019

Wouldn't be the first time.

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14:11 Jul-02-2019

together with ARM cpus, this will make a leap in computing

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18:52 Jun-30-2019

Anyone how knows the company that will produce that memory msg me.


That seems like a crazy simple way to make money (provided the company is on the stock market).


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18:37 Jun-30-2019

if this gets released some day, we're looking at a world wide revolution

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18:42 Jun-30-2019

Until we move past transistors, it's just evolution.

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13:08 Jun-30-2019

Nice, but still long time away. It will be interesting to see benchmarks when we will actually have something to throw into our system. So till salesman can slap that Universal Memory and tell us how good this bad boy is, it is back to DRAM and flash storage. :-D

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14:24 Jun-30-2019

im getting 3700x now and later 4th gen of am4 cpu, if this memory actually becomes available my ryzen should hold until then. Very interesting tech i must say.

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11:35 Jun-30-2019

This is years from being viable.
We have no idea of the costs.


This is what optane was supposed to be. We all saw how that went.

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13:25 Jun-30-2019

Optane was marketed as super fast storage, something like a buffer more or less. I don't remember it being marketed as universal memory and RAM replacement, but do correct me if I'm wrong because I'm not entirely sure.

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18:33 Jun-30-2019

didn't it deliver tho?

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01:28 Jun-30-2019

so wait on my ssd/ram upgrade

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07:45 Jun-30-2019

This sounds more like a whole PC upgrade

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13:26 Jun-30-2019

No need to wait, this won't be widespread any time soon.

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15:55 Jun-29-2019

Very interesting!

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14:37 Jun-29-2019

if it's too good to be true it probably is, I smell a scam in the air, I've seen this type of news before and its always disappointment after disappointment especially if no one really knows how it works and no public testing was released.

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15:15 Jun-29-2019

It is still in laboratories and it's still experimental technology still not fit for mass production.
It's good that such thing is possible but that's how you should take it and that's where you should leave It for now.

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13:49 Jun-29-2019

Who cares about this tech if its much more expensive than the current available tech?

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14:01 Jun-29-2019

Those who want it to become cheaper with time and get it for themselves?

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14:20 Jun-29-2019

There are some people who have built a rig that could last for 10 years. Especially to those who owned 10 gtx 1080 ti's in 1 rig and a 64 gigs of ram. I don't see any beneficial of replacing a part if it only does is reduce power usage.

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14:36 Jun-29-2019

It's universal memory. Effectively RAM memory that doesn't wipe itself once it looses power and is able to operate at extremely low power requirements. Its very interesting piece of technology and we should hope it gets widespread sooner rather than later.
Reducing power consumption is just one of the benefits.
Also those with 10 1080Tis have really wasted their money. Doesn't matter how many pieces of hardware you have is software is unsble to use it.

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@Foxtrot2novmbr
First of all SLI scales poorly above two GPUs, secondly instructions and features matter more than performance...
You can get 1 quadrillion x386 they won't be able to match a single I7 8700k in FP calculations, because they can't do FP calculations as they lack an FPU... You need a seperate co-processor the i387 if I remember correctly.

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13:44 Jun-29-2019

Universal memory gets released
Gamers Wallets : Am I a joke to you!?

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12:52 Jun-29-2019

Wow, The price???????????

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13:00 Jun-29-2019

A lot

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13:37 Jun-29-2019

and more

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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!

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Basically will be sold at the price of actual 23k gold.

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