This year will also see the advent of Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube and products like it. HMC stacks DRAM and a processor or FPGA in a single package linked through with silicon vias.
Handy said he sees a shift in systems architectures. HMC-like devices will get soldered on the board and slots will let users plug in extra memory that could be DRAM or flash using technology from someone like Diablo.
The startup is not the only flash vendor plugging into the memory bus. Viking Technology and Agiga Technology already sell DIMMs that behave like standard DRAMs but preserve data in the event of a power failure through the use of flash and a susercapacitor.
Micron is planning a similar product. However, like Diablo with MCS, Micron it is not stating when its non-volatile DIMMs will be available or at what cost.
Other big flash vendors such as Samsung declined to comment on their plans in this area. But the trend is clear to using flash to expand memory performance for new applications with the DDR bus as the next big target. Avoiding the need to re-write existing operating systems and applications is key, something Diablo claims its chip does.
Diablo closed a $36 million round of funding in February 2013, enough to pay for its initial production ramp. The company has been around since 2003 developing memory controllers and interfaces qualified by the likes of Intel and Hewlett-Packard.