Personal computers that boot up instantly may be on the market in just a

few years, according to some researchers. Researchers at places such as the

University of Houston, Motorola, Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and NASA are

working to develop nonvolatile memory, because “you can take it to the

moon, and the same information will be there.” Alex Ignatiev of the Texas

Center for Superconductivity says that his group as designed a “simple

resistor” that’s much faster to access than RAM and can be applied in a

thin film only a few hundred atomic levels thick.

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