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Memristors: New Devices that Emulate Biological Synapses

The schematic above illustrates the first synaptic emulator based on a newly developed diffusive memristor (tiny electrical resistance switch) created in Professor J. Joshua Yang's lab at UMass Amherst. The device is a first step toward meeting that challenge of emulating biological synapses faithfully, the place where signals pass through from one nerve cell to another in the human brain. Memristors can store and process information while offering several key performance characteristics that exceed conventional integrated circuitry. Learn More.