Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics

This can pave the way for computers that will instantly turn on and off like a light bulb and never lose data: the RAM, or memory, will no longer be erased when the machine is turned off, without the need to save anything to hard drives as with current technology.

Memristors were conceptualized in 1971 but the first one was only built 37 years later, in 2008.Like a brain

Initially, the technology will be mostly used to create super-fast memory chips that contain more data and consume less energy. This alone would make regular computers much more powerful, but down the line, the memristor could also take on the processing.

 

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