There’s a team of undergraduates who have found a magical way to make smartphones work faster – by making the phone’s Random Access Memory(RAM) work like a solid state disk drive.
RAM works as a temporary data storage for the phone to keep data required for specific functions and processes which will be deleted after completion of the process. Its function is identical to a removable battery – you wouldn’t need to use the battery if you didn’t need to use the handset itself.
This is the working design which was brought over from their big brothers – the PC machines where RAM are removable components. Data is constantly overwritten in order to ensure that the integrity of the data is maintained until it is not necessary.
Then came a team of undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska asking a revolutionary question – if now battery designs have been revamped because they are now non-removable, why not revamp the design for the RAM since it has been non-removable as well?
This led them to conduct a research to see what would be the effects of allocating a certain amount of RAM to contain data which is used for frequent processes, rather than constantly writing it and overwriting it, which consumes additional battery power and processing power. The results were stunning.
It showed that with the allocation of quasi non volatile RAM (qNVRAM in short) in smartphones by software amendments, the speed of system reading, writing and deletion processes was improved by 15.98 times faster on average. What’s more astonishing is that flash memory usage for data was also reduced by 40%, and there is minimal costs in the implementation as well.
That’s not just all to it. All smartphone users can rejoice on the idea – this technology is applicable to both Android as well as Apple devices.
We will want to see this implemented as soon as possible.