Magnetic RAM from IBM and Infineon
According to IBM and Infineon, MRAM should become the memory of the future. MRAM stands for Magnetic Random Access Memory, i.e. a memory that uses magnetic instead of electronic charge elements to store data.
The main advantages of this type of storage are the faster storage and faster access to the stored data. A far more interesting aspect is that the data is memory-resistant, so the data remains in the RAM even after the computer is switched off. The power consumption is also reduced, as a constant supply of energy is no longer required. Magnetic memory combines several advantages of already known types of RAM: It is fast like SRAM, has a high density and is inexpensive like DRAM and non-volatile like flash memory. If Infineon and IBM's plans work out as desired, the first available models can be expected as early as 2004.