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So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics - CNN.com

So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics - CNN.com | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it

From electrons to ions
Simply put, the memristor could mean the end of electronics as we know it and the beginning of a new era called "ionics".

The transistor, developed in 1947, is the main component of computer chips. It functions using a flow of electrons, whereas the memristor couples the electrons with ions, or electrically charged atoms.

In a transistor, once the flow of electrons is interrupted by, say, cutting the power, all information is lost. But a memristor can remember the amount of charge that was flowing through it, and much like a memory stick it will retain the data even when the power is turned off.

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.

But memristors have another fundamental difference compared with transistors: they can escape the boundaries of binary code.

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From electrons to ions
Simply put, the memristor could mean the end of electronics as we know it and the beginning of a new era called "ionics".

The transistor, developed in 1947, is the main component of computer chips. It functions using a flow of electrons, whereas the memristor couples the electrons with ions, or electrically charged atoms.

In a transistor, once the flow of electrons is interrupted by, say, cutting the power, all information is lost. But a memristor can remember the amount of charge that was flowing through it, and much like a memory stick it will retain the data even when the power is turned off.

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.

But memristors have another fundamental difference compared with transistors: they can escape the boundaries of binary code.

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'Memristors' based on transparent electronics offer technology of the future

'Memristors' based on transparent electronics offer technology of the future | 21st Century Innovative Technologies and Developments as also discoveries, curiosity ( insolite)... | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—The transparent electronics that were pioneered at Oregon State University may find one of their newest applications as a next-generation replacement for some uses of non-volatile flash memory, a multi-billion dollar technology nearing...

 

Gust MEES: I suggest to read following article also, please http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/14/are-memristors-the-future-of-artifical-intelligence-darpa-think/

 

 

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http://phys.org/news/2012-09-memristors-based-transparent-electronics-technology.html

 

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