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Penn Researchers' Study of Phase Change Materials Could Lead to Better Computer Memory

June 21, 2012

image of the jammed dislocation cloud Memory devices for computers require a large collection of components that can switch between two states, which represent the ones and zeros of binary language. Engineers hope to make next-generation chips with materials that distinguish between these states by physically rearranging their atoms into different phases. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now provided new insight into how this phase change happens. Full Story

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