University of Exeter researchers recently concluded a study involving the first-ever demonstration of simultaneous information processing and storage using phase-change materials. The new technique could revolutionize computing by making computers faster and more energy-efficient.
The study demonstrates that phase-change materials can store and process information at the same time, as well as perform general-purpose operations such as arithmetic functions. The phase-change materials also can be used to make artificial neurons and synapses, which could lead to a brain-like computer system.
"We have uncovered a technique for potentially developing new forms of 'brain-like' computer systems that could learn, adapt, and change over time," says Exeter professor David Wright.
The next stage in Exeter's research will be to develop systems of interconnected cells that can learn to perform simple tasks, such as object and pattern identification.
From University of Exeter
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