softweyr writes "Intel has apparently stirred a batch of DVD-RWs into their memory chip soup to produce a new form of non-volatile memory.
According to the eWeek article, the technology is based on "the same material, chalcogenide, that's used inside to store data in a rewritable optical discs." This technology promises higher densities and better read speeds than NAND and NOR flash, and is suitable for storing both non-volatile data and code.
If successful, non-volatile program memory might revolutionize desktop computers as well as portable devices. Imagine a desktop system that doesn't have to "boot" programs from disk. If only Intel processors supported separate instruction and data addressing."