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Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

An array of processors coated with titanium oxide.

A team from Sandia National Laboratories, working with collaborators from the University of Michigan, developed a method to imbue computer chips that power machine learning applications with more processing power by using a common material found in house

Credit: Sandia National Laboratories

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Michigan (U of M) have developed a technique for generating non-volatile computer memory using titanium oxide, a common constituent of house paint.

Titanium oxide becomes electrically conductive when oxides are removed via heating, creating oxygen vacancies that can store electrical data and imbue virtually any device with more computing power.

U of M's Yiyang Li said, "What we've done is make the processing and the storage at the same place. What's new is that we've been able to do it in a predictable and repeatable manner."

The researchers envision this technique advancing machine learning, and potentially revolutionizing technologies like voice recognition, image processing, and autonomous driving.

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