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Joshamuffin

Memristors

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memristors

Potential applications

Williams' solid-state memristors can be combined into devices called crossbar latches, which could replace transistors in future computers, taking up a much smaller area. They can also be fashioned into non-volatile solid-state memory, which would allow greater data density than hard drives with access times potentially similar to DRAM, replacing both components.[24] HP prototyped a crossbar latch memory using the devices that can fit 100 gigabits in a square centimeter.[11] For comparison, as of 2008 the highest-density flash memories hold 32 gigabits. HP has reported that its version of the memristor is about one-tenth the speed of DRAM.[25]

The devices' resistance would be read with alternating current so that they do not affect the stored value.[26]

Some patents related to memristors appear to include applications in programmable logic,[27] signal processing,[28] neural networks,[29] and control systems.[30]

THAT'S A DAMN LOT. Pop Sci also mentioned that this could make instantly booting operating systems (Because non-volitile memory with speeds of D-RAM).

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This is the first I heard of it but it sounds like something that has the potential to be really great! One area I can see it really benefiting from are laptops.

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