June 4, 2009
Scientists create a flexible ‘memristor’
U.S. scientists have found a way to build a flexible memory component that might lead to electronic memory chips that can bend and twist.
National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers led by Nadine Gergel-Hackett said the device is promising, not only because of its potential applications in medicine and other fields, but because it also appears to possess the characteristics of a memristor -- a component theorized in 1971 as a fourth fundamental circuit element along with the capacitor, resistor and inductor.
The research is to appear in next week's online edition of the journal IEEE Electron Device Letters and in the journal's July print issue. Another paper on the research appeared in the May 1 issue of the journal Nature.