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How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics

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posted on Mar, 2 2015 @ 07:53 AM

In 1971, a physicist conceptualized the existence of a fourth fundamental element in the electronic circuit, besides the three that were already in use at the time.

His name was Leon Chua and he believed -- for reasons of symmetry -- that an extra component could one day be constructed to join the resistor, the capacitor and the inductor.

He called it "memristor", a portmanteau of the words memory and resistor.

It took 37 years for our engineering abilities to catch up with that idea: the first memristor was built by Hewlett Packard in 2008.

And today, many researchers believe it could spark a revolution in computing.
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.


I wonder what this will bring to life. I also wonder how the NSA will use it further invade privacy.
edit on 3/2/2015 by roadgravel because: typo link

posted on Mar, 2 2015 @ 08:17 AM
a reply to: roadgravel

Oh you cute kid......already posted.....
however whos to say it wasn't in another forum....?
This is indeed a quantum leap in electronics....
Between this and a few other new inventions we could make a big dent in world markets.....
It will revolutionise electronics......granted....but combine this with grapheme. and a few other breakthroughs and voila ...back on top again....

posted on Mar, 2 2015 @ 08:20 AM
Saw this today.

Might as well can this thread.

posted on Mar, 2 2015 @ 09:43 AM
We used to call this static memory. Its been around since flip flops…

Search-- difference between dynamic refreshed memory and static memory

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