At half the size of conventional NAND RAM but with 20 times faster write speeds — around 140MB/s — this stuff really means business. It also uses 20 times less power, last 10 times as long, and reads data at 17MB/s. It's not exactly a fair fight.
The new style of RAM, which is just about ready to find its way into devices, uses a three-layer structure that can be stacked in three dimensions, but can be manufactured in a standard chip factory. More than that, it's claimed it can even be made using existing production infrastructure.
The new RAM will first roll out in embedded SoCs — though Crossbar is the exclusive holder of RRAM patents, so it's not clear how cheap it'll be. Fingers crossed it proves affordable. [Crossbar via VentureBeat via Engadget]