Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rescuing Moore's Law: Memristors

While this topic may seem totally off subject, its future application will have tremendous impact on data storage and computer memory technology. Moore's Law says the number of transistors that can be squeezed onto an integrated circuit (chip) at least doubles every two years. The issue is, memory technology and flash drives are reaching the 20 nometers barrier, this is, the distance between transistors on a chip. Here comes Memristors, or Memory Resistors, a theory developed in the 1960's, but given the time, technologically impossible to achieve. Scientists and engineers have now embrace the theory and are developing practical applications that will allow things like phones and flash drives to store data very easily in the terabyte range, but more so, reducing the amount of power needed to store this data. Researchers are even talking about being able to power computers on and off without the tedious boot up sequence needed today without the lost of data. Today's RAM is completely cleared due to lack of power. Just imagine the impact this technology will have on database storage engines! This stuff is geeky stuff and it won't be fair for me to expand on the topic, so please read the complete article, Researchers rescue Moore's Law, over at MSNBC.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC

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