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Memristor Inside

HP partners with Hynix to commercialize memristors in an all-purpose memory

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10 September 2010—A device that was until recently dismissed as a laboratory novelty will be in commercial memory chips within three years, says South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor. The technology at the heart of the new chip will be Hewlett-Packard’s memristor, a device that its proponents promise will revolutionize not only chip memory but also logic—and perhaps even artificial intelligence.

Last week, Palo Alto, Calif.–based HP announced a partnership with Hynix that aims to produce a cheaper, faster ultradense memory. Hynix says it is looking to HP’s architecture to form the basis of its next-generation memory strategy.

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The Transistor at 75

The past, present, and future of the modern world’s most important invention

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A photo of a birthday cake with 75 written on it.
Lisa Sheehan

Seventy-five years is a long time. It’s so long that most of us don’t remember a time before the transistor, and long enough for many engineers to have devoted entire careers to its use and development. In honor of this most important of technological achievements, this issue’s package of articles explores the transistor’s historical journey and potential future.

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