LONDON " Intel Corp.'s development of a multilayer plastic memory has reached the software-development stage, a move that could precede a market launch for the technology.
Despite troubles reported at Norwegian research partner Opticom ASA in September, Intel has been looking for an experienced engineer to join the "polymer memory group" to lead teams integrating new materials and processing methods into a manufacturing process flow capable of producing working polymer memory products.
It has since been revealed that Jon Krueger is working for Intel's polymer memory group as a "senior architect and software engineer," according to an author reference.
Krueger was coauthor of the paper, "Addressing TCP/IP processing challenges using the IA and IXP processors," which appeared in the Nov. 14 edition of the Intel Technology Journal. When a hardware development group is staffed with software engineers, one interpretation could be that it has reached the stage of developing applications to show off the advantages of the novel hardware and to provide benchmarking data to potential customers prior to a launch.
One Intel researcher expects the multilayer plastic memory technology, if successful, to result in an order of magnitude jump in memory capacity and inspire many new products not feasible with conventional silicon memories.