Theorized since the 1970’s and brought to public awareness through HP’s tumultuous marketing efforts starting in 2008, the memristor has promised radical disruptions in computing technology. Like almost all new and disruptive technologies, promises failed to materialize as the gap between theory and reality stubbornly refused to come together. Rather than fading into obscurity, interest in the memristor has continued its exponential rise. While it is only natural for one to use a new tool in the same manner as an old familiar one, we argue that the future success of the memristor lies in understanding what makes it unique and in firmly understanding where theoretical idealizations deviate from hard reality. After a brief history of memristor technology we will discuss some of the more disruptive memristor applications with a focus on synaptic processors. We will conclude with a review of the Knowm Inc memristor technology stack and a live demonstration of memristors.
Alexander Nugent, "Memristors: Where fantasy meets fact (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10652, Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences, 106520L (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 18, 2018; Published: 14 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2306993.5783302611001.
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