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Windows 7: NAND flash gets baked, lives longer

02 Dec 2012   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
NAND flash gets baked, lives longer

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An article has been published in the December 2012 edition of IEEE Spectrum that highlights an interesting and potentially useful discovery by ROM manufacturer Macronix. Researchers there have discovered that applying heat to NAND flash cells can drastically extend their life, thus overcoming one of the biggest problems with the solid state storage technology.

NAND flash is used everywhere, from smartphones to SSDs to thumb drives, and we've written extensively before on how it works. The technology's biggest failing is that NAND flash only lives so long. Every time the flash cells are erased, they retain some residual charge; eventually, they get to where it takes so long to make them change their charge level that they stop being useful as a storage medium.

As NAND flash grows denser, it gets more delicate; in our discussion on the future of flash, we discuss the decreasing lifetimes of NAND flash and the potential alternatives. SSDs rely on complex mathematical gymnastics at the controller level to reduce writes and hence lengthen the life of their flash cells, but the need for those kinds of workarounds could be substantially lessened by the Macronix discovery.

Read more at source:
NAND flash gets baked, lives longer | Ars Technica


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02 Dec 2012   #2
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Very interesting. Thanks for posting this, Shawn. I wonder... if periodic "baking" could extend the NAND lifespan significantly more.
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02 Dec 2012   #3
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

First we bake graphics cards and now SSDs, there's no time to bake cookies
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02 Dec 2012   #4
A Guy

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I used to get baked in High School. Hopefully it will give me a longer life

A Guy
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02 Dec 2012   #5
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
What Difference

I've been baked. I've been fried. Neiither has helped me.
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02 Dec 2012   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

When do we bake our desktops and laptops?
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06 Dec 2012   #7
cytherian

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I've been baking my nads for quite some time with my laptop. That's probably why I'm living kid-free.
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06 Dec 2012   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
I used to get baked in High School. Hopefully it will give me a longer life

A Guy
It will just seem longer. Time drags when you're high. That's why watched pot never grows.
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