Sunday, December 13, 2009

US Patent 7630227 - Optical storage molecular memory

This patent teaches a nanoelectronic version of RAM using optoelectronic molecular materials which may facilitate integration with optical communication networks. Claim 1 reads:

1. A memory device, comprising:

an array of memory cells disposed in rows and columns and constructed over a substrate, each memory cell comprising a first signal electrode, a second signal electrode, and a nano-layer disposed in the intersecting region between the first signal electrode and the second signal electrode, each memory cell comprising optical storage molecules;

a plurality of word lines each connecting the first signal electrodes of a row of memory cells; and

a plurality of bit lines each connecting the second signal electrodes of a column of memory cells.