HP Labs’ research featured in “Wired” top 10 list:

Memristor and flexible displays

Two technology breakthroughs announced last year by HP Labs were included in Wired.com’s recent list of “Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008.

In the #5 position on the list, Wired.com recognized the importance of the announcement made in April by HP Labs of the existence of what had previously been only theorized as the fourth fundamental circuit element in electrical engineering: the memristor.

The memristor — short for memory resistor - could make it possible to develop far more energy-efficient computing systems with memories that retain information even after the power is off, so there's no wait for the system to boot up after turning the computer on.

The first prototype of affordable, flexible electronic displays, announced jointly by HP and the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University made it in the #10 position of Wired’s list. HP Labs’ contribution to this breakthrough product is the invention of self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL), a process that enables the fabrication of thin film transistor arrays on a flexible plastic material in a low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing process.