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NEC makes spin memory breakthrough

Japanese IT company NEC and Tohaku University have announced they have developed the world's first content addressable memory system that uses spintronics to store data even when there is no standby power, ZDnet has reported. Spintronics is a technology for controlling not only individual electronics, but their spin as well, which increases the amount of information that can be stored per electron. The new system uses magnets to maintain "the same high operation speed and non-volatile operation as existing circuits when processing and storing data on a circuit while power is off", NEC said.