Memory circuit of the size of a blood-cell unveiled

January 27, 2007 by techbuzz | Leave a Comment
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Mollecular memory chipA device equivalent to the size of a has been devised by the researchers of UCLA and California Institute of Technology, which is capable of storing more than 2000 words of data in it. Information in this device is stored by the help of reconfigurable molecular switches. This would signal a great boost towards the entry of molecular computers. This is so because in the long run, it would prove to be more powerful and smaller than the silicon based computers.

The news about this tiny yet giant memory circuit came up in a journal entitled ‘Nature’ in its issue of January 25. This would in the long run have a much greater implication and impact in the world of information technologies.

William R. Dichtel, a researcher of this project expressed the view that, “One of the most exciting features of this research is that it moves beyond the testing of molecular electronic components in individual, non-scalable device formats and demonstrates a large, integrated array of working molecular devices”. He further said that with a density of 100 gigabits per square centimeter it has a 160-kilobit memory cell.

James R. Heath, Caltech’s Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry and J. Fraser Stoddart, director of the California NanoSystems Institute pioneered the study of molecular electronics. Stoddart was hopeful that ver soon in the near future, it would be possible “to store all of the Encyclopedia Britannica on the tip of a needle”.

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