No More ‘Rebooting’: New Leaps Made In Computer Technology

April 19, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A study jointly conducted by Cornell, Northwestern, and Penn State Universities on ferroelectrics in modern computer hardware has paid off.

According to the findings, applying the same ferroelectric devices to a silicon based chip within a personal computer could create a much more efficient, fast, and low energy consuming product that takes us all to the next level of PC operations.

Ferroelectrics are commonly used in ‘smart cards’, such as identification work ID’s, grocery rewards cards, and other cards meant top track information on a consumer. The idea to use this type of technology has been a popular one for decades, but only not have we advanced enough to put it to practical use.

“Several hybrid transistors have been proposed specifically with ferroelectrics in mind. By creating a ferroelectric directly on silicon, we are bringing this possibility closer to realization,” Darrell Schlom, the leader on the project, explained.

This could mean computers would no longer need to be rebooted, instead running on low power at all times, making it more energy efficient and convenient. It would also increase the speeds of information passing from the hard drive.

The study has been published in Science.

Source: National Science Foundation


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