At the University of Southampton, scientists have stumbled upon a new way of improving the capacities of electronic devices by utilizing recently developed nanotechnology processes. This could become useful towards ushering a new generation of electronics and associated device designs. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports, which details how exactly by using the memristor, the performance of electronic processes can be improved.
Memristors – The Key towards a New Era in Electronics
Extensively experiments are being carried out on, memristors by scientists due to their high processing capacity by altering their resistance in order to store multiple memory states. Memristors are smaller and simpler in terms of design as compared to their conventionally used transistor alternatives. The former work on low energy and have the ability to retain data, by remembering how much charge had passed through the components. According to the Themis Prodromakis, the Professor of Nanotechnology and EPSRC Fellow at the University of Southampton, the use of memristors is a profoundly significant discover, which is expected to have intense and long-lasting positive effects on how modern electronics works.
Electronic data processing has always relied on the use of integrated circuits, or more commonly known as chips, which have several transistors that are built in the circuits. These microscopic switches control the electric current’s flow by switching it off and on. With technological development, the chips got smaller, until recent times, when they reached their physical limits. With more processing power needed, it was high time a new component was started to be utilized, and this could be done by using the memristors, according to the scientists at the University of Southampton.
These researchers rather showed how a memristor can store up to 128 different memory states per switch. The researchers analyzed several configurations involved with functional oxide materials – the crucial component that provides the memristors with an ability to change their resistance.