Random access memory on a low energy diet: Researchers develop basis for a novel memory chip
Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers have now managed to lay the foundation for a new memory chip concept. It has the potential to use considerably less energy than the chips produced to date -- this is important not only for mobile applications but also for big data computing centers.
The world's first entirely light-based memory chip to store data permanently has been developed by material scientists. The device, which makes use of materials used in CDs and DVDs, could help dramatically improve the speed of modern computing
Want a see-through cellphone you can wrap around your wrist? Such a thing may be possible before long, according to Rice University chemist James Tour, whose lab has developed transparent, flexible memories using silicon oxide as the active component.