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It’s on the cards

Designing at board level extends to include memory, but which standard to choose? By Philip Ling.

The futuristic image portrayed in the movie 'Johnny Nemonic' could solve all our disk space problems. If you're not familiar with the film, Keanu Reeves plays a courier, who sub-lets part of his brain to transport confidential information. The premiss is that, in the future, we are able to tap into the depths of the old grey matter that are left unused. Using a port fitted to our heads we are able to write to and read from these dormant areas, to act as secure, portable storage media. Nice idea.

Back in the real world and the amount of inorganic memory we carry around with us is definitely on the increase. Many portable (and not so portable) appliances not only offer some sort of removable storage media, but are in fact enabled by it. Whether it is for security reasons or recreational, this memory is often in the form of flash, in densities made possible by continued improvements in die shrinks.

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