IBM researchers in Zurich have demonstrated a single-molecule device that is capable of repeatedly storing and retrieving data.
The molecule is around 1.5 nanometers long, which is less than a hundredth of the size of existing silicon memory elements.
No commercial use for the device has so far been outlined by IBM. But it could be seen as a future replacement for silicon chip solutions, as the need for ever smaller transistor devices increases, to cope with the demand for greater computing power.
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
News of the device is published in the Small Times nanotechnology journal. The device is a simple organic compound which works to electrical pulses, and which can be repeatedly used in different states.
The BPDN-DT molecule system was designed by professor James Tour and colleagues at Rice University in Houston.
Vote for your IT greats
Who have been the most influential people in IT in the past 40 years? The greatest organisations? The best hardware and software technologies? As part of Computer Weekly’s 40th anniversary celebrations, we are asking our readers who and what has really made a difference?
Vote now at: www.computerweekly.com/ITgreats