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What if computers didn't require a boot time, but just switched on and off, with instant access memory that consumed little power? That could be a possibility if researchers at Cornell are on the right track with new research that puts a fresh spin on old predictions.
A Cornell University team, pursuing mathematical predictions from five years prior, has produced a ferroelectric thin film from two non-ferroelectric materials...[T]he film uses strontium titanate, but in a much different manner...But where this new film, composed of silicon and strontium titanate, may shine is in the realm of transistors. A dream hunted by scientists for more than a decade has been the instant-on transistor, and the Cornell film may put them one step closer.
Results from the research could lead to a solid state computer that doesn't need to boot, saving energy and lending a whole lot of convenience. Manufacturers are already working hard to slim down the energy consumption of computers. This would be a big help. It could be a solution for low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory that may just be the next generation of memory for handhelds and computers. At least, that's what they're hoping.