Educational Technology

May 26, 2012

Faster, More Energy Efficient Computer Components On The Way

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Red Orbit

A pair of new computer components unveiled late this week — one which will require less energy to store and retrieve information, and one which improves power and resource efficiency by occasionally allowing errors to occur — could one day fundamentally change the technology behind desktops, laptops, and similar devices. The first of those two units is known as a “memristor,” and according to BBC News Science and Technology Reporter Jason Palmer, its properties “make it suitable for both for computing and for far faster, denser memory.” The theoretical concept of the memristor, which derives its name from the words memory and resistor, was first proposed roughly four decades ago, though a first prototype of the component was not possible until 2008, Palmer said.

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