Comment 1WVP8 Re: It’s not ternary


IBM's Phase Change Memory stores three bits per cell


It’s not ternary (Score: 2, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on 2016-09-30 11:52 (#1WH45)

I watched the video from IBM and they explicitly mention that they store 8 different values per cell, i.e. 3 bits.
So this has nothing to do with ternary data.
The comparison with 2-bits comes probably from the fact that previously it was only possible to store 2-bits per cell in PCM (phase change memory).

For example with flash memory there is SLC where each cell stores 1 bit and MLC where more bits are stored, in particular they also have TLC with 3-bits per cell. MLC for flash makes the storage denser and cheaper, but also increases wear.

Re: It’s not ternary (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2016-10-03 18:15 (#1WVP8)

So essentially is this a memory increase from 2-bits to 8-bits per-cell that's still going to be binary, or does that mean we'll be moving to octodecimal data?

I think it's a positive change in either case.

Note, I didn't RTFA, yet.


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2016-10-05 12:10 Interesting +1

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