Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"Memristor" invented at HP Labs

The approaching Singularity is seen from another angle.

"The memristor is our salvation, because it works better and better as you make it smaller and smaller," said Chua. "The era of nanoscale electronics will be enabled by the memristor. This is not just an invention, it is a basic scientific discovery. It has always been there -- we just had to face these nanoscale problems to realize its importance."

The memristor behaves like a non-linear resistor with memory -- a small, compact and highly energy-efficient means of creating a memory device. But Chua and Williams claim it is also a new type of circuit element that should enable the creation of new devices never before imagined.

Read the whole thing. By way of Jerry Pournelle's mail.

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