What Is a Memristor?

R. Stanley Williams, whose team discovered the memristor, explains how it works

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R. Stanley Williams, whose team discovered the memristor (the fourth fundamental circuit element) gives us a quick whiteboard talk about how the device works.

The 6-Minute Memristor: Your quick-and-dirty guide to the fourth fundamental circuit element. IEEE Spectrum

To learn more about the memristor, read "How We Found the Missing Memristor," by R. Stanley Williams.

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A Circuit to Boost Battery Life

Digital low-dropout voltage regulators will save time, money, and power

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Image of a battery held sideways by pliers on each side.
Edmon de Haro

YOU'VE PROBABLY PLAYED hundreds, maybe thousands, of videos on your smartphone. But have you ever thought about what happens when you press “play”?

The instant you touch that little triangle, many things happen at once. In microseconds, idle compute cores on your phone's processor spring to life. As they do so, their voltages and clock frequencies shoot up to ensure that the video decompresses and displays without delay. Meanwhile, other cores, running tasks in the background, throttle down. Charge surges into the active cores' millions of transistors and slows to a trickle in the newly idled ones.

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