GLEN ALLEN, Va., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst firm based here, has released both a preview and a first chapter from its upcoming report, "The Market For Nano-Enabled Memory and Storage -- 2006 & Beyond." This new NanoMarkets report will be released in mid-February. To access the article please visit the firm's Perspectives page on its web site at http://www.nanomarkets.net. Excerpted: In late 2004 when NanoMarkets published its first report on the market for nano-engineered computer memory, ovonic memory was just one among many such memory technology choices. The technology had been researched for years (back in 1970 it was Gordon Moore himself who said that ovonic memory had great potential) but even as recently as a few years ago, issues regarding power consumption and resilience still remained. Ovonic memory did have some support from major electronics firms -- notably STMicroelectronics -- but in 2004, it wasn't getting the kind of respect that MRAM was. In 2006 Ovonic memory, also called phase-change memory, is now a hot technology with both R&D and commercialization efforts being carried out by BAE Systems, Hitachi, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Philips, Samsung, and STMicroelectronics, along with a number of smaller firms. The widely held consensus is that by 2010, conventional DRAM, SRAM and Flash technologies will no longer be able to scale successfully. And even before that, the speed and capacity of Flash memory is likely to prove inadequate as a non-volatile memory for some ubiquitous computing devices. Ovonic memory, along with nanocrystalline memory and MRAM, has emerged as one of three key nanomemory technologies that could potentially provide solutions to these problems. About the Report: NanoMarkets' new report covers the markets for FRAM, MRAM, ovonic memory, nanotube memory, molecular memory, polymer memory, holographic memory and MEMS-based memory systems. The report identifies and quantifies the opportunities presented by these technologies and the timeframes in which they will emerge. The current state of development for each of these technologies is identified -- are they in R&D, sampling, pilot production, full-scale production? -- as are the markets for these products. The report discusses the types of end product that will use each of these technologies and in what context -- i.e., do they replace DRAM, SRAM, Flash, disk storage or some combination of these? Will they create entirely new products? The role of key semiconductor companies and OEMs is also discussed, including the progress of some of the smaller firms active in this space. Particular attention is paid to how many of the competing nanomemory solutions can succeed and which ones they are most likely to be. Detailed market forecasts are included broken out by technology type and application served. About NanoMarkets: NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to the electronics industry with specific attention to nanoelectronics, organic, thin film and printable electronics. For a full listing of the firm's research reports, white papers and posted articles, please visit http://www.nanomarkets.net.