Researchers Are Bending Memory for IoT Products

We’re far past the point where personal computers are the only things we own processing

We’re far past the point where personal computers are the only things we own processing data. Not only have we moved on to more portable devices, like smartphones, but we’re also seeing everyday items, like mirrors, wristbands and even smart bandages and have need to compute. As we continue putting more chips into more things, there’s need for flexibility — literally. A research team at Stanford University addressed that this week with research around bendable memory that can serve as storage for flexible electronics. 

The report shared in Science enables the manufacturing of memory devices in a flexible substrate. The manufactured test device was also able to be wrapped around a metal pin with an 8mm diameter and still work. There was no decrease in performance even after 200 bending and straightening cycles, and stored information was readable up to 1,000 times before any sort of deterioration was seen.