World’s Smallest Memory Unit Produced

World’s Smallest Memory Unit Produced

Scientists have created the world’s smallest memory unit that can be used in almost anything from consumer electronics to big data. It is stated that faster and smarter devices that consume less power will open the way of the future. University of Texas engineers have managed to create the smallest memory in the world. In the process, engineers also solved the physics dynamics that could open the way for massive memory storage for this small device.

Thanks to the world’s smallest memory developed, it can now be used in everything from consumer electronics to big data, to brain-inspired cognition. The research, published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, was originally about a discovery made two years ago. Two years ago, researchers developed the world’s thinnest memory device of its time. With the new research, the size has been further reduced and the cross-sectional area has been narrowed down to one nanometer square.

Better compact computers and phones can be produced with smaller processors as well. Reducing the size of chips also reduce the energy demand of the devices and their capacities. This allow the production of faster and smarter devices that consume less power while running. Akinwande, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said, “The scientific holy grail in scaling is to go down to the level that a single atom controls memory function, and that’s what we’ve achieved in the new study.”