New memories tap spin, gird for battle
Memory chips based on electrons' magnetism, or spin, are moving into the market, promising instant start-up computers that can forego loading data from disks.
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Stuart S.P. Parkin
IBM Research Division
Almaden Research Center
San Jose, CA 95120
Honeywell Solid State Electronics Center
12001 State Highway 55
Plymouth, MN 55441
From Science News, Vol. 155, No. 14, April 3, 1999, p. 223. Copyright © 1999, Science Service.