Memristors Capable of Logic Functions

HP Labs researchers have discovered that the memristor is capable of performing logic functions. As a result, it may be possible in the future to have computations performed in chips where data is stored instead of on a specialized central processing unit. A memristor is a resistor with memory that represents the fourth basic circuit element in electrical engineering.

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Memristor Chips Highlights

  • Memristors can be use to create development-ready architectures for memory chips
  • Multiple layers of memristor memory can be stacked on top of each other in a single chip
  • Memristors require less energy to operate and are faster than present solid-state storage technologies and can store at least twice as much data in the same area
  • Memristors are virtually immune from radiation, which can disrupt transistor-based technologies
  • Because they do not forget, memristors can enable computers that turn on and off like a light switch
  • Memristor-based processors might replace the silicon in the smart display screens found in e-readers
  • Could become the successors to silicon on a larger scale

The latest findings about the memristor are detailed in an article published in the journal Nature.

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