Three parallel memory bits with carbon nanotube electrodes. The middle bit is in the off state, the other two are on. The silicon dioxide substrate is shown in blue
Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed a new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster than other solutions currently available. The breakthrough could give future consumer devices like smartphones and laptops a much longer battery life, but might also benefit equipment used in telecommunications, science or by the military.