Thermal memory data storage

lavaWe’ve had magnetic memory, semiconductor memory, and memristors: now we have thermal memory with the attendent field of study phononics:

In the current study, Wang and Li take the field of phononics one step further and show the feasibility of a thermal memory that can store data with heat. The scientists predict that such a heat memory could be experimentally realized in the foreseeable future with rapidly advancing nanotechnology. Their work is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.

It seems that just about anything can be turned into a computer or computer component.

[from Physorg][image from sah5515 on flickr]

One thought on “Thermal memory data storage”

  1. Sure, you can use nearly anything to store information. Paper tape or punched cards, for example. Or capacitors wired on a rotating disk. Or elephants…

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