Most of you must have noticed that the prices of computer hard drives have gone south wards in the recent times. Many reasons can be attributed to this trend. The current financial melt down or the recession is one of them.
The other possible reason could be the advent of modern technologies that have replaced the older versions. Technologies are advancing at such a faster rate that the current crop of hard drives that we are using daily, could very well be redundant. Its place could be taken by some thing like NRAM. We will look into this new concept in the coming section.
NRAM is a potential hard drive technology that could take its shape in the coming days. Its impact could be could be comparable to what Internet did to the computer world in 1990s. NRAM stands for nonvolatile random access memory. NRAM is a hardware technology that is based on the mechanical positions of tubes called carbon nano. These tubes are placed on substrates. As these carbon nano tubes are very small in size, they can carry large amount of memory in a small place.
The current generation of hard drives makes use of DRAM for memory storage purposes. In addition to the size factor, NRAM’s have other advantages over these DRAM’s. DRAM’s require additional power to get refreshed, while NRAM doesn’t require one. Another advantage NRAM’s have over DRAM is that the former uses less power to write to the device as compared to the latter.
The DRAM that the modern day computers use consumes lots of power to have its plate powered up. Most of us ignore this aspect. If this is taken care of, then lots of electricity can be saved while the computers are either switched on or off. If theory is anything to go by, NRAM’s can operate at a higher efficiency level when compared to DRAM’s. They will also be less expensive and less dense as compared to DRAM’s.
NRAM’s can help you start your computer in a fraction of a second. Typically, our computers will require any where between ten seconds to three minutes to get started. NRAM’s do not require this amount of time. All they would be requiring is couple of seconds. Just at the push of a button, your computer could be started.
Using NRAM you can store thousands of tera bytes of data in your hard drive. The amount of memory it can store and various other possibilities makes this technology most sought after. As it uses very little energy or power to keep it going; lesser than even flash drives, they can easily enter this segment too.
Just imagine a case scenario of you taking a MP3 device having three TB storage place in hand and using it wherever you like to. NRAM’s can bring this dream into a virtual reality. The amount of marketing that can be done with this technology is also endless. The question remains as to whether it takes one year or five years from now to have this technology taking its place. Let us wait and watch for the action to unveil.