Crossbar is a startup based in Santa Clara, California that is hoping to make a big splash in the flash memory market. The technology it is working on is called Resistive RAM and it claims to store more data that can be accessed faster than current flash offerings. Crossbar has demonstrated this technology with a 1 TB chip that is smaller than a similar capacity NAND flash chip that was fabricated by one of its partners. In addition to packing more storage into less space, the Resistive RAM will consume less power and will also have a greater lifespan than NAND flash. Resistive RAM is non-volatile and stores data using three dimensional stacks of a three layer structure, allowing more data to be stored as more stacks are added. It will be interesting to see if Crossbar can bring this technology to the market and how flash companies will respond to the challenge.
Source: Venture Beat