PCM Progress Report No. 7: A view of Samsung’s 8-Gb array
Phase change memory is one of the top contenders in the next-generation memory derby. Our PCM expert, Ron Neale, continued his PCM Progress Report series in 2012, delivering an even-handed assessment of the advances in the field. In "PCM Progress Report No. 7: A view of Samsung’s 8-Gb array," find out what he thought of the work Samsung unveiled at ISSCC2012: the good, the bad, the ugly—and the questions that still need answering.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.