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April 01, 2013

IBM Revolutionizes the Transistor to Charge Like a Brain

It's getting closer people! I'm of course talking about the day when we all just shove a microchip in our head and let a computer do the thinking for us. When that day comes, it's probable that IBM (News - Alert) will have something to do with it.

IBM has revolutionized the transistor – the essential ingredient of electronic devices – so that it works more like our brains. The development heralds what could be a total shift in how computers, smartphones, and other such devices operate, since the technology looks to power electrical devices sans battery, much like how our brain functions. 

Our brain is one complicated hunk of stuff that has electrical fluids coursing through it. And though it may be weird to think of charged liquid sloshing around up there, it's quite an efficient little set up we've got going on in our craniums, and technology could benefit from similar workings. The new technology IBM has developed is based on “correlated electron oxides” (cre). When combined with an ionic liquid or a mixture where half of the molecules carry a positive charge and the other a negative. A dab of ionic voltage to the liquid and presto! The chathed particles move to opposite sides of the oxide material. The charge then leaves the liquid, changing its state form insulator to metal – so it turns something that was not able to conduct electricity into something that is, and stays that way until another charge is applied. Using this science, IBM is hopeful that it can create non-volatile memory – or chips that save data whether electricity is on or off. Bye bye batteries! And that's not all, in this vein IBM can also make logic chips that intrinsically use less power than the silicon-based semiconductor chips that are inside everything electronic.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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