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IBM, SK Hynix team up for PCRAM work

The companies will develop phase-change random access memory, an advance for memory chips that will allow storage of high data volumes, according to the Korea Times.

SK Hynix has formed an alliance with IBM to develop phase-change random access memory (PCRAM), which is considered to be the next generation of memory chips and capable of storing high data volumes.

According to Song Hyeon-jeong, head of the SK Hynix's future strategy office in the Korea Times on Sunday, the collaboration will help the Korean chip manufacturer strengthen its capabilities to better compete with rivals in next-generation chips. PCRAM is a non-volatile memory chip which uses the property of chalcogenide glass to switch between both states, and is touted to be able to store a lot of data but is slower than convential dynamic random access-memory (DRAM) chip.

The alliance also reflects efforts to develop advanced chips in light of the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets. SK Hynix said it was unable to survive with existing chips--NAND flash and DRAM--which were expected to be obsolete in a few years, the report noted.

Read more of "SK Hynix, IBM form chip development alliance" at ZDNet Asia.