So long, transistor: How the ‘memristor’ could revolutionize electronics

He called it “memristor”, a portmanteau of the words memory and resistor.

It took 37 years for our engineering abilities to catch up with that idea: the first memristor was built by Hewlett Packard in 2008.

And today, many researchers believe it could spark a revolution in computing.

From electrons to ions

Simply put, the memristor could mean the end of electronics as we know it and the beginning of a new era called “ionics”.

Now that we have that capability to manufacture it, the “missing fourth element” of electronics — despite its less than catchy name — might be the key to many further human discoveries.

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