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World Backup Day 2019 – Forbes

World backup day is March 31, 2019. This annual event is meant to remind people to backup their data before they lose it by accident or malice and make themselves an April Fool.

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We have done a few pieces on World Backup Day over the years, including reference to the Backup Awareness Month, started by Maxtor (a now extinct HDD company) back in 2005. Backing up is keeping (at least) a second copy of any of your important content so you still have it even if the first copy is inaccessible, destroyed or damaged. Almost everybody has had experiences where they have lost digital data when a computer crashed, a cell phone or tablet was lost, data became corrupted or a virus destroyed data.

In addition to protecting yourself from loss of data, keeping regular backups is one way to minimize the damage that can be caused by malware that encrypts your data. If you backup regularly you can restore most of your data from a non-infected backup you can protect much of your content from malware. You should make sure that you backup all your valuable data whether on your computers, old connected storage devices or in personal electronic devices, such as your smartphone.

There are various ways to back up your data. You can back up your data to an external device or you can back up your data to a cloud-based backup service, or back up your data to both an external device and a cloud backup service. You might even make more than one backup to external storage devices and keep the two copies in different places (providing protection and access to your data even if one of the backup devices is destroyed or inaccessible. Preserving your valuable documents and images for future access and use requires planning, as well as the use of automatic backup services.

Many companies are offering discounts on external backup products or cloud backup services connected with World Backup Day. Also, many companies are offering their own statements on the value of backing up your data.

The world backup day web site is: http://www.worldbackupday.com. Be sure to backup your data and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same and avoiding being an April fool.

Following is some recent news on solid state memory technologies from companies such as Samsung, Micron, Everspin and Intel.

Samsung announced that it has begun mass producing the highest-capacity mobile DRAM – the industry’s first 12-gigabyte (GB) low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package for next generation premium smart phones. The company also said that it has developed 10nm-class 8Gb DDR4 DRAM for premium memory applications. The company has achieved this without Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) lithography.

Micron announced a new NVMe SSD portfolio with storage capacities from 256 GB to 1 TB. The Micron 2200 PCIe NVMe SSD includes 3D TLC NAND in an M.2 form factor. The product provides 3 GB/s sequential reads and 1.6 GB/s sequential writes. Micron says that by the end of 2020 over 65% of the client PC market is projected to transition to NVMe SSDs.

Some MRAM news. Everspin reported its Q4 2018 financial results. Its quarterly revenues grew 21% year-over-year to #12.5 M for the quarter with total 2018 revenue growing 38% from 2017 to reach $49.4 M. The company increased production volume of its 40nm 256Mb STT-MRAM to support its lead flash array customer. Samsung announced that it has started shipping 28nm embedded MRAM memory with its FD-SOI process. Samsung said that its eMRAM is 1,000 times faster than its eFlash meory and requires lower voltages. eMRAM also consumes 1/400th of the energy used for eFlash. Samsung has said that it will tape out its 1Gb eMRAM in 2019.

Intel said that's its embedded SRR-MRAM is ready for high-volume manufacturing. The company says that it has used a “write-verify-write” scheme and a two-stage current sensing technique to create 7Mb perpendicular STT-MRAM arrays in its 22FFL FinFET process. Specs for the device are given below.

Intel 22nm MRAM Specifications

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World backup day on March 31, 2019 promotes protecting yourself and your data with regular backups. New DRAM, SSD and MRAM advances provide greater memory/storage choices.

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