The SSD Review reports that SanDisk’s founder and retired CEO Eli Harari delivered some explosive predictions at last week’s ISSCC in San Francisco. In sharp contrast to the recent and highly publicized paper predicting the slowdown of SSD speed and reliability that surfaced a couple of weeks ago (see “The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Paper predicts the bleak future of SSDs and NAND Flash memory”), Harari says that SSDs will “checkmate” hard drives by the year 2020. That’s eight years from now. The bigger bomb, perhaps, is Harari’s assertion that resistive RAM (3D ReRAM, also called memristor RAM by some) will become the preferred medium for storage devices. Should that be the case, then ReRAM/memristor technology will also overcome DRAM, which as Harari pointed out in his keynote is already at a 10x cost/bit disadvantage compared to NAND Flash memory. “And that’s not likely to change,” said Harari.
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