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Thread: Will Electric fields Replace Magnetic fields and Silicon in Semis

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    Will Electric fields Replace Magnetic fields and Silicon in Semis

    This article is beyond my scope, but I'm sure the community may find it an interesting glimpse into the future. In maintains the basis of current semis will have to shift from relying on magnetic fields at the atomic level to electric fields to reduce the massive and increasing use of power by current semis. This will require getting away from silicon entirely. I'm sure this is not in the immediate future but farther out. Any thoughts or comments on this technology and its progress would be appreciated.

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    I enjoyed the paper Arthur. Of course new materials systems will underpin new technologies, as has always been the case. Applications for Multiferroics? Who knows. A couple of years back it was all going to be memristors.

    It's very difficult (impossible) to know what materials systems will be used for future memories and logic applications. Broad-based material science research is essential.

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    "A great deal of silicon-based information processing and storage relies on magnetic properties that must be manipulated with magnetic fields. The ability to do that more efficiently with electric fields is potentially transformative. "

    To predict future, it would be good to learn the present.
    A great deal (~99.9%) of silicon-based information processing is relying on electric (not magnetic) field and electronic devices.

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