Technology, HardwareJune 23, 2023New computer memory design developed to reduce energy consumption and improve performanceResearchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new design for computer memory that could significantly enhance performance while reducing energy demands in internet and communications technologies. The team created a device based on hafnium oxide, a commonly used material in the semiconductor industry, combined with self-assembled barriers that enable controlled electron passage. By allowing information processing and memory to coexist, this innovation could lead to computer memory devices with higher density, improved performance, and lower energy consumption. This new type of memory, known as resistive switching memory, enables a continuous range of states, unlike conventional binary memory devices. The researchers believe this technology has the potential to contribute to reducing the energy consumption predicted to increase due to data-driven technologies like artificial intelligence and algorithms. The hafnium oxide composites, which self-assemble at low temperatures, demonstrated strong performance and uniformity, making them promising for next-generation memory applications. The researchers are collaborating with industry partners to conduct larger feasibility studies and further understand the formation of high-performance structures.
Source: University of Cambridge