We all know about resistors, which resist the flow of electricity; capacitors, which are used to store electricity; and inductors which allow the flow of electric current without changing it. But do you know about memsistor, which measures how much electric current has passed a wire? Stan Williams, the head of the Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory at HP, say that a reseach they did has proven the possibility of the memsistor becoming available in the coming years.
What good would memsistor give us? It could give us energy-efficient memory chips that are capable of storing far more data in a given space than what we currently have. Memsistors require less silicon, consumes less energy and it does not require that many transistors so you can say goodbye to your flash memory chips because it would be repleced soom. But as of now, engineers are still learning how to design computers using this new components. Because HP does not make chips, it will license its invention to companies that manufacture chips.