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A new type of computer memory has been developed and patented by researchers which help solving the energy crisis that is rising with the progress of digital technology.

All the data that you are posting on internet needs to be stored somewhere, means we also need an increasing amount of energy just to store all the increasing digital technology.

Universal Memory is a new electronic memory device, combining best elements of existing memory tech while minimising many of the drawbacks. It is the perfect storage device as it overcomes the limitations of present storage methods due to its ultra-low energy consumption. It can robustly store data that for a long period of time “predicted to exceed the age of the Universe.”

Physicist Manus Hayne, from Lancaster University in the UK said “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,”

This memory cell was developed using a quantum mechanics approach, which was able to improve the energy efficiency of the system as electrons tunnel around it. It can record or delete data using 100 times less energy than DRAM.

Finding the perfect balance between stable storage and energy consumption is like achieving the “Holy Grail” of computer memory.

The Universal memory is expected to immediately reduce peak power consumption in data centers by one-fifth. It can replace the $100bn market for DRAM as well as flash drives if the technology is successfully implemented in future.

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  1. Krzanich sees this technology redefining gaming machines and other personal computers. But that s almost beside the point. A PC is a PC. Where this could really change things is inside the massive data centers operated by the internet s biggest companies. As their online empires continue to grow, these companies always need faster and cheaper ways of storing ever-larger amounts of data. Over the past several years, they ve already moved beyond hard drives to significantly faster flash solid state drives, or SSDs. Since even these drives aren t fast enough in some cases, they ve created a new breed of database that pushes massive amounts of data into memory. 3D XPoint could help in both those areas. According to Intel, it s about 1,000 times faster than flash and can store about 10 times more data than DRAM.

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