DOE Science Showcase - Memristors
An atomic force microscopy image of a memristor
Image Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
A tiny device called a memristor holds great promise for a new era of electronics. Unlike a conventional resistor, its resistance can be reset, and it remembers its resistance. It functions in a way that is similar to synapses in the human brain, where neurons pass and receive information. A memristor is a two-terminal device whose resistance depends on the voltages applied to it in the past. When the voltage is turned off, the resistance remains or remembers where it was previously. A commercially viable memristor could enable us to move away from flash memory and silicon-based computing to smart energy-efficient computers that operate similarly to the human brain, with the capability to comprehend speech and images, and with highly advanced memory retention. More information, including DOE research reports, publications, and data collections about memristor technology, is available in the DOE databases and related resources provided below.
Related Research Information in DOE Databases
- DOE PAGES – journal articles and accepted manuscripts related to memristor research.
- SciTech Connect – memristor research from DOE science, technology, and engineering programs.
- In the OSTI Collections – Memristors, Dr. William Watson, OSTI
For additional information, see the OSTI Catalogue of Collections.
- Memristor, Wikipedia
- Types of Memristors, Memristor.org
- DOE Office of Science
- Ames Laboratory
- Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
- Advanced Light Source, LBNL
- Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source, SLAC
- Leon Ong Chua, Wikipedia
- Richard Stanley Williams, Wikipedia
- How We Found the Missing Memristor, Richard Stanley Williams, IEEE Spectrum
- Moving Memristor and Neuristor Research Forward, LBNL
- Methods for resistive switching memristors, DOepatents
- X-ray Experiments Show Hewlett Packard Team How Memristors Work, SLAC
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips, MIT Technology Review
- So long, transistor: How the ‘memristor’ could revolutionize electronics, Jacopo Prisco, CNN