Nantero’s newest NRAM promise is for 2008

Nantero is promising that NRAM could appear in consumer goods in 2008 However, they have previously promised 2005 and 2007.

The thought of introducing filthy carbon nanotubes into an ultra-sensitive fab has blocked the rise of so-called NRAM or Nano Random Access Memory. Thanks, however, to a refined cleansing process and relentless browbeating start-up Nantero thinks it has mainstream semiconductor players close to giving NRAM a try.

Nantero has attracted the attention of some big name tech players, including HP, LSI and ON Semiconductor. These companies are either experimenting with NRAM in their R&D labs or actually trying to produce NRAM chips.

The Feds have a lot of interest in NRAM because of its longevity and density. Flash, while glorious, does degrade over time as insulators wear down due to charge fluctuations. Memory loss on a satellite or weapons system can be a real pain.

So I think NRAM will have a radiation hardened and endurance niche.

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Quantum computer a dream,... a reality. I will be very interested to know more about this research team and the results.

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Thanks for the compliment Sharene. If you look at some of my past articles, I reference some research papers that discuss the scalability of this type of analog quantum computer. It seems like it should easily go to several hundred qubits. Certainly Dwave can easily make 8X8, 16X16, 32X32 arrays.
As you point out we hopefully will see 8X8 by the end of the year.

Also, trapped ion and several other approaches to quantum computers are maturing quickly as well in case this approach stumbles. Or Dwave messes up on execution. I expect Dwave to get a lot more funding this year. Mainly government wanting to make a large scale system.

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Brian: I very much enjoy reading your BLOG. You focus on all the right things and this is one of them. Keep it up. I am still somewhat skeptical of what D-Wave is doing because it seems a bit too simple for others with more intellectual and financial capital to not be doing it also if there's something to it. We should know by the end of the year if this is the beginning of a major revolution in computing. I hope it is.

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yeah, i have been waiting for this announcement for months now. very exciting.