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.
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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