Researchers found a way to turn the latest models of RAM memory chips into data processing units to eliminate the need for a CPU.

Researchers Turn Memory Chips (RAM) Into Processors (CPU)

A study conducted by the team of researchers from universities in Singapore and Germany have found a way that can turn RAM into CPU to eliminate the need for a CPU.

Researchers have focused on Redox-based, resistive switching random access memory (ReRAM). Companies like Panasonic and SanDisk have tested ReRAM chips and will hit the market very soon.

Well, computer processors today use the binary system where bits of data are represented as either a 0 or 1. On the other hand, ReRam uses the ternary system which opens the door for storing larger amounts of data.

ReRAM has an excellent long-term storage capacity and can be produced at a nanoscale. It promises to increase I/O speeds while also reducing power consumption. These ground-breaking properties have attracted hardware manufacturers.

Now research teams are experimenting with new ways to use ReRAM. The research team which has scientists from Germany’s RWTH Aachen University, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Forschungszentrum Juelich (research institute) have developed a new circuit that uses ReRAM’s extra memory space to perform computing tasks.

In short, Researchers have managed to move CPU’s binary computing operations into ReRam’s additional memory space which opened the door to perform various computing tasks. Researchers claim that their discovery would eliminate the need to include CPUs not only on PCs and laptops, but it can be used in smartphones, tablets and IOT equipment too!

Researchers claim that with the new technology computer will gain a speed boost because data doesn’t have to travel between the RAM and the CPU anymore. This technology even cuts down the space utilized inside devices and reduces energy consumption too as it supplies power to only one component instead of two.

The research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports. So, what do you think about this? Share your views in the comment box below.


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