HP has been developing technology to change the way data is stored and transferred, and now the company’s starting to talk about what it wants to do with that technology.
First up, HP hopes to release a new type of server which it’s calling “the machine” which will feature new types of memory, processors that are developed in-house and a custom operating system.
InfoWorld reports eventually we could see the same technology make its way to personal computers and even smartphones. But it could take a while.
HP is hoping to build the machine in the next 3 to 6 years. It’s unlikely we’ll see consumer-oriented devices until some time later.
For the past few years HP has been working on a new type of memory called memristors. These memory resistors would replace DRAM and flash storage. They should be faster than existing memory, use less power, and offer nonvolatile data storage which means that unlike traditional RAM, you don’t need any electricity to keep data in memory. This reduces power consumption and helps preserve data in the event of a power loss.
Other key elements of HP’s vision include Photonics which use photons instead of electrons to transfer data without using fiber optics instead of copper wire and new chips and software to hold everything together.
According to InfoWorld, HP figures by the time these technologies make their way to mobile devices, they could enable smartphones with 100 terabytes of storage, among other things. Of course… it’ll probably be about a decade by the time that happens. HP might not be the only company offering phones with massive amounts of storage by then.