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Researchers one step closer to ‘bootless’ computer

“Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have made
a breakthrough in developing a “spin computer,” which would combine
logic with nonvolatile memory, bypassing the need for computers to
boot up.

“The new transistor technology, which one lead scientist
believes could become a reality in about five years, would reduce
power consumption to the point where eventually computers, mobile
phones and other electronic devices could remain on all the
time.

“The breakthrough came when scientists at UC Riverside
successfully injected a spinning electron into a resistor material
called graphene, which is essentially a very thin layer of
graphite, just like you might find in a pencil. The graphene in
this case is one atom thick.”


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