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Title: Mechanical memory

A first-in-first-out (FIFO) microelectromechanical memory apparatus (also termed a mechanical memory) is disclosed. The mechanical memory utilizes a plurality of memory cells, with each memory cell having a beam which can be bowed in either of two directions of curvature to indicate two different logic states for that memory cell. The memory cells can be arranged around a wheel which operates as a clocking actuator to serially shift data from one memory cell to the next. The mechanical memory can be formed using conventional surface micromachining, and can be formed as either a nonvolatile memory or as a volatile memory.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
908435
Report Number(s):
7,046,539
US patent application 10/979,419
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM
Sponsoring Org:
United States Department of Energy
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English