The Netherlands - Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen ( http://www.rug.nl ) announced a successful development of a technology for a plastic ferro-electric diode. The alleged breakthrough in the development of ultra low-cost plastic memory material, the findings are similar to those used in Flash memory chips.
In both cases, the memory retains data without being connected to a power source. Flash memory chips are used in memory sticks, MP3 players, cellular phones and in the memory cards of digital cameras. The researchers expect the new technology to lead to the development of comparable products possibly even more significant.