Recently, I came across an interview of a
researcher who was developing the next
generation of non-volatile memory devices.
As we know these are things in our ipods,
thumb drives, and MP3 players. It is simply
amazing to observe materials, technologies
and their applications grow and become
part of our daily lives.
The technology is Magnetoresistive Random
Access Memory MRAM and while starting
slowly it appears to be finding near term
uses in datalogging and information buffers
for critical data at higher densities.
The technology based on this is commonly
called spintronics and involves manipulating
electron spin and charge on an atomic level.
Smaller size, faster operations, and greater
efficiencies are projected as devices make
use of magnetic layers of nanomaterials.