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Plastic memory could replace silicon

By Julio Franco · 8 replies
Nov 13, 2003
  1. A new memory technology promises to store more data at less cost than the expensive-to-build silicon chips used by popular consumer gadgets including digital cameras, cell phones and portable music players. The magical ingredient isn’t smaller transistors or an exotic material cooked up by the semiconductor industry.It’s a plastic.

    Read more: MSNBC.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    how does that work with plastic?! :confused:
  3. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    Yes, because we always need MORE things that rely on Petroleum...
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    thats actually a good thing Wicka, since plastic is a waste product created when making gasoline.
    Finding more uses for plastics reduces the waste materials that would be created anyway, since gasoline is produced in quite large quanities anyway.
  5. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    It's a waste product? Hm, I didn't know that. I guess I learned something today. Anyway, what happened to the whole "metal replacing silicon" thing. I read about it awhile ago.
  6. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Yeah its a waste product, a more formal term will be a byproduct. Petroleum is pretty useful besides providing energy, most of the byproducts created includes asphalt and tar.
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Sorry about this sidetracking but

    Tar, n.

    A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.

    Doesn't look like a petroleum byproduct to me.
  8. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I understamd your point Mict. Believe or not Propane also a component found in gas is found in oil in a dissolved form. Its still considered a byproduct although it can be used as a fuel. Back from where i come from (Brunei), we have our propane burnt off. If you happen to be near the oil town, you can see any incinerator located in a refinery with a flame on top of it. Thats the propane burnimg off.
  9. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    byproduct and waste material are not always interchangeable terms.
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