Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The HP Way
The Americans always do the right thing after they’ve tried everything else first. So too HP.
After years of doing crazy stuff like paying $25 billion for Compaq and $12 billion for Autonomy, HP is taking a new tack – a technology play.
Three quarters of HP R&D staff are said to developing a memristor and photonics based computer which will raise computing speeds and data processing capabilities dramatically.
HP has a prototype computer where the memory is made of memristors with a photonics connection to the processor which transfers data at 6TB/sec.
“This will enable us to deal with massive, massive datasets – ingest them, store them, and manipulate them, and do this at orders of magnitude less energy per bits, per compute,” says HP CTO Martin Fink.
‘The Machine’, as HP calls it, can scale to 160 peta-bytes with each individual byte capable of being access in 250ns.
Memristors will allow the 100TB memory cellphone, says HP.
Unfortunately all this will be an end of decade, sort of event and, even more unfortunately, HP has been singularly inaccurate with its memristor forecasts. They were supposed to hit markets in 2011.