Intel Labs, Taiwan's ITRI unveil new memory architecture

Intel Labs and Industrial Technology Research Institute say tests for their experimental memory array architecture will begin next year and is designed for use in mobile devices and data centers.

Intel Labs and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a nonprofit R&D (research and development) organization, have jointly developed an experimental memory array which they say will give better performance while using less energy.

The superfast memory array architecture is designed for use in future mobile devices such as ultrabooks, tablets, and smartphones, as well as large data centers running cloud computing technology, a Central News Agency (CNA) report said Tuesday.

Developing memory with the new architecture will give longer battery life, improved graphics with higher resolution, and faster integration of mobile data, said Intel CTO Justin Rattner at a news conference in Taipei. Intel Labs is the U.S. chipmaker's (R&D) arm. 

Tests on terminal devices using the new architecture will begin next year, and will include handheld gadgets and supercomputers, Rattner added. "Taiwan has long been at the forefront of technology innovation and we look forward to continued research collaboration that sustains Taiwan's status as a major center of innovation for the global IT industry," he said.

Wu Cheng-wen, vice president and general director of ITRI's Information and Communications Research Laboratories, pointed to the collaboration as an effort to help Taiwanese foundries address future challenges in the market. It will also have a significant impact on the development of future memory products and high-end application processors, Wu added.

According to the CNA report, the Intel-ITRI partnership began in 2011 and involves the creation of experimental memory arrays, prototyping, and development of model simulation software.


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