Researchers at the University of Cornell are working on creating low power memory for computers. This memory would have a number of different benefits. For one, it would make it so that computers didn’t really require any boot up time at all, allowing nearly instantaneous access to memory. This memory would use only a fraction of the power that current RAM uses, making it very energy-efficient as well as work-efficient.
According to Cornell, researchers have created a thin ferroelectric film that may help in the creation of an instant-on transistor, something researches have been working on for decades. If this research pans out, it could allow manufacturers to build a solid state computer that does not require any boot time and would save power. This would lead to yet another computer revolution, cutting out something (boot time) that has long been an issue with computer users around the world.
Over the years, manufacturers have greatly reduced the amount of energy a personal computer uses, but as more and more people purchase computers, their energy use continues to be an issue. With many people now owning a desktop and a laptop and every member of the family needing their own computer, these devices draw a lot of energy. However, if the Cornell research leads to a low-power yet highly efficient form of memory, we may find our electric bills dropping a bit.