skeptical about plastic memory technology


 I’ve
seen a couple blog mentions recently about a ‘plastic’
memory technology
being researched at Princeton and HP.  I have to say that
I am extremely skeptical about this project.  For one thing, another
3-D (“memory in a cube”) project
that I got excited about once was
holographic memory – it seemed very promising, but has gone no-where for many
years.  For another thing, the plastic people’s optimistic assessment is
that after a number of years of development, they will get 1GB in a cubic centimeter. 
Uh, guys?  A couple months ago I spent $130 on a small keychain device that holds
512MB; by the time this plastic stuff gets commercialized, flash memory will kick
its ass.  And my keychain drive is re-writable.

The one promising
bit is the comment “
We’re
looking at a different way of manufacturing that we think will eliminate clean rooms
and be a lot less expensive in the end
” by HP’s Craig Perlov
– if it was substantially cheaper, that would be cool even if it was write-once
and lower-density than other solutions.