New Memory Cell Could Boost Computer Speeds

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  28 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5419, pp. 1444
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5419.1444

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


By 2005, the computer industry expects to have reached the size limit for capacitors, components of "working" memory chips that store data temporarily as a computer runs programs. Now, in the 13 May issue of Electronics Letters, researchers from Cambridge University and the Japanese electronics giant Hitachi describe a new chip architecture that does away with traditional capacitors, slashing the real estate of each memory cell by more than half. The capacitor's job is taken over by a novel type of transistor, recast as a data storage bin.