Opening the Memory Window of Plastic Electronics

Guest_Jim_* - August 1, 2011 12:27PM in Science & Technology

As overclockers we all know electronics do not like getting hot, and when they do, performance can be greatly impaired. But then, there do seem to be more rules with exceptions than those without. Published in the American Institute of Physics Applied Physics Letters journal is an article from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where researchers have found just such an exception. The team took some non-volatile memory made of plastic (or organic) electronics with silver nanoparticles, and raised the temperature to 90C. Just like most plastics, the device was sensitive to the heat and the silver nanoparticles in it clumped together, into large groups. Initially this had the effect of reducing the voltage range the memory would be able to store data at, but after reheating the material, this memory window increased. The team speculates this connection between heat and memory window may have potential in temperature-sensing applications.