Memristors could help create more power efficient electronics

Researchers at HP Labs have demonstrated the existence of a fourth basic element in integrated circuits know as a memristor. Systems utilizing the memristor’s capability of memory retention without power could make it possible to develop far more energy-efficient computing systems. Memristor-based computers would not require the energy consumptive process of booting up, instead they would turn on instantly using less power and possibly increasing system resiliency and reliability. They would be perfect for applications that require a lot of memory without a lot of battery-power drain. A mathematical model and a physical example that prove the memristor’s existence appear in a paper published in the April 30 issue of the journal Nature.

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