Intel Veteran Joins Startup Planning 1TB Smartphones

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Intel Architecture Group’s former executive vice president and general manager, David Perlmutter, has joined the board of soon-to-be-listed tech company Weebit Nano. Perlmutter, who has also been Intel’s chief product officer, will join Weebit Nano’s board as a non-executive director, effective April 1, says Business Insider.

Intel veteran joins ASX Tech Company

According to Perlmutter, WeeBit Nano’s technology has great potential with opportunities in various categories: “The low-power and high-density potential allows it to be a major game-changer in growing parts of the digital revolution.”

The former Intel executive says he will bring to the company a “deep knowledge and experience in the semiconductor industry, that spans across many aspects, from watching over complexity, advising management, connections and help in strategy creation.”

Currently, the Israeli tech startup is in the midst of a reverse takeover with Australian mining company Radar Iron, which is procuring 100% of it. For smaller devices such as smartphones, the technology Weebit Nano is developing will be the next big thing in computer storage. The technology, known as “nano-porous Si ReRAM,” has a filament size of less than 5 nanometers in scale and enables much better storage capacities in much smaller spaces, the report says.

Revolutionizing storage capacity in smaller devices

Flash memory has hit a ceiling, and to give devices more memory, new technology is needed. ReRAM is expected to be the answer, said WeeBit Nano founder James Tour.

“So for ‘more memory’ per device (say a smartphone), we need a new technology. You like taking pictures and movies on your phone? People have an insatiable desire for memory,” Tour said.

WeeBit Nano expects its technology to allow phones have capacities of 1 terabyte without an increase in their size. Devices such as the popular iPhone have a maximum storage capacity of 128 GB due to the constraints of flash storage. The global market for flash storage value is $38 billion annually.

WeeBit Nano’s technology is also much more durable due to the small filament size. The technology has already been used on the International Space Station for two years. It was able to function in exactly the same way even after exposure to harsh radioactive solar and cosmic rays, the report says.

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