Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun production of 512Mb Phase-Change Memory (PRAM). It is targeted for mobile devices. It features high-performance and low power. Samsung says that a handset with PRAM can extend its lifetime over 20%.
The 512Mb PRAM can erase 64KWs (kilowords) in 80ms, said to be over 10 times faster than NOR Flash memory. In data segments of 5MBs, PRAM can erase and rewrite data approximately seven times faster than NOR Flash.