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IBM Touts Brain-Like Liquid Transistors

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ENDICOTT, USA – The transistor has been the building block of modern electronic devices — now IBM is set to redefine the transistor.

A team of researchers at IBM has unveiled liquid-based transistors that can process data like the human brain. Instead of normal electronic signals used in current transistors, IBM’s new technology instead reads ionic signals. The technology uses correlated electron oxides, which can switch between being electrical conductors and insulators when a tiny charge is applied, and keep that state even when unpowered.

IBM ionic liquid transistors

Stuart Parkin, who works as a physicist and IBM fellow, said that by working on the flow of ions and ion channels, the system mimics how the brain operates. He hopes that the breakthrough could be used to replicate the brain’s remarkable efficiency.

The company believes that it can advance the technology to build chips dramatically reduce the power consumption of mobile devices. Details of this breakthrough are available at the journal Science.

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By , International Correspondent, Cebo (Philippines) office
Published on Mar 28th, 2013 GMT +2


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