Predicting the future is always fraught with peril, but the visionaries featured here are boldly going where no one has gone before.
R. Stanley Williams is a Senior Fellow at Hewlett Packard Laboratories, where he is pioneering that company’s future technologies in areas as diverse as cognitive computing and quantum science.
Williams’ lab discovered the first semiconductor process technology that was recognized to exemplify the memristor--an electronic component that emulates the brain’s synapses during learning, and which was invented by Leon Chua at the University of California, Berkeley, as the fourth basic circuit element after resistors, capacitors and inductors.
Over the next decade, memristor-like resistive random access memories (RRAMs) are predicted by Williams to become a universal replacement for both DRAM and flash memory by realizing the best properties of both. HP is working with SK Hynix to get their RRAMs to market first, but the competition is fierce as many other semiconductor leaders are also planning to commercialize RRAMs and competing technologies such as phase-change memories, including Adesto Technologies, Elpida, Fujitsu, Global Foundries, IBM, Macronix, Nanya Technology, NEC, Panasonic, Qimonda, Rambus, Samsung, SanDisk, Sharp, Sony, ST Microelectronics, TSMC, Winbond and 4DS.
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