Multiferroic Materials to Increase Energy Efficiency for Computer Processors

March 7, 2014 5:53 PM

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A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has made improvements in computer processing using an emerging class of magnetic materials called “multiferroics,” and these advances could make future devices far more energy-efficient than current technologies.

With today’s device microprocessors, electric current passes through transistors, which are essentially very small electronic switches. Because current involves the movement of electrons, this process produces heat—which makes devices warm to the touch. These switches can also “leak” electrons, maki...

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