The Machine is a hyper-dense collection of computing hardware that could be used in anything from a data center to a mobile device. It has terabytes of storage and a much smaller power draw than today’s computing devices—all because of memristor-based memory and optical interconnects.Memristor technology has been around for decades, at least in theory. The concept of the memristor (a combination of the words “memory” and “resistor”) was conceived in 1971 by University of California Berkekey professor Leon Chua—a theoretical fourth kind of passive electronic component.
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