I've been hearing from my sources that Intel will be talking about phase-change memory at the upcoming CES 2014, an industry trade show set to take place next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Intel spent a lot of money to purchase the opening keynote address on the big stage at CES this year, though it's not clear if this is where the announcement will be made. We will have people live in Las Vegas at CES bringing the latest to you here on TweakTown.
For those who don't know what phase-change memory is, Wikipedia provides a fairly good overview of the technology, history, and current state of phase-change memory. I'm more interested in passing along some of the pieces of information that I've gleaned from my sources. One of my sources said that the new phase-change memory that Intel is working on will allow a computer to boot from a cold state to the desktop in under three seconds, an impressive achievement, if accurate.
The best part of this fast phase-change memory is that it is available across a spectrum of devices. It isn't limited to just desktop PCs. In fact, Micron currently has a mass-produced solution available for mobile devices. The memory is also more durable than typical flash memory, making it an excellent replacement for solid state drives. It's not clear when Intel plans to have a working version of phase-change memory ready for the limelight, but if they are talking about it at CES, it shouldn't be more than a year or two off.
It's important to note that this information has been obtained from people knowledgeable with the subject. It has not been confirmed by Intel or any Intel representatives. Until next week, I can not say with any certainty whether or not Intel will actually debut phase-change memory at CES, though I have no reason to doubt my sources. It is always possible that Intel's plans have changed, that there have been delays, or other factors that result in phase-change memory not showing at CES 2014. Phase-change memory is in the works and is coming. And it's an awesome future.