Hewlett-Packed Co. has responded to a discussion in the online pages of EE Times about the usefulness of the term "memristor" and theoretical and practical research associated with the term.
Memristor has been used, by some, as a catch-all term for a diverse collection of two-terminal memory types that display variable resistance. Many are being researched as potential replacements for established memory types such as flash memory and DRAM.
Discussion was stimulated by the publishing of a theoretical paper by Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, on arXiv.org that was critical of HP's adoption of the memristor terminology and of earlier work by Chua.
An HP spokesperson has provided a link to a background document on the history of the memristor at HP.
The spokesperson said in email: "HP is proud of the research it has undertaken into memristor technology and the recognition this has received in the scientific community. In a little over three years, our papers, which were subject to rigorous peer review before being published in leading scientific journals, have been cited more than 1,000 times by other researchers in the field. We continue this research and collaboration with the electronics industry to bring this important technology to market."
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