Ultra-thin memory storage device for powerful computing
Washington: Scientists has developed the thinnest storage device with dense memory capacity, paving the way for faster and smaller computer chips for everything from consumer electronics to artificial intelligence.
Engineers worldwide have been developing alternative ways to provide greater memory storage capacity on even smaller computer chips.
Previous research into two-dimensional atomic sheets for memory storage has failed to uncover their potential.
"For a long time, the consensus was that it wasn't possible to make memory devices from materials that were only one atomic layer thick," said Deji Akinwande, associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the US.
"With our new 'atomristors,' we have shown it is indeed possible," said Akinwande.
Made from 2D nanomaterials, the "atomristors" - a term Akinwande coined - improve upon memristors, an emerging memory storage technology with lower memory scalability.
"Atomristors will allow for the advancement of Moore's Law at the system level by enabling the 3D integration of nanoscale memory with nanoscale transistors on the same chip for advanced computing systems," he said.