Sharp has licensed a new memory technology developed by a team at the University of Houston that could end the need to reboot computers after crashing. The technology would not lose users work, and allow them to carry on form they point hey were interrupted. The first hardware to incorporate the new “non-volatile memory” is expected within three years.
The new technology, which is composed of thin film memory elements made of a material called perovskite, uses resistors as opposed to the transistors and capacitors used in traditional memory chips. It is thought the new technology could also eventually make computer hard drives redundant, and lower the price of PCs.
Sharp has not yet decided how it will distribute the technology, or whether it will license it to other manufacturers.