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February 1, 2009

Building Computers from Molecules

A team of European researchers is doing groundbreaking work on developing molecular replacements for computer transistors. Led by Christian Joachim of the French National Scientific Research Centre's (CNRS) Centre for Material Elaboration & Structural Studies (CEMES), the Pico-Inside project is addressing atomic-scale computing by attempting to build computer components from individual molecules, with the ultimate goal of hosting a logic gate on a single molecule.

Over the last 60 years, the trend in computer miniaturization has enabled exponential growth in computer power. The development of atomic-scale computers holds vast promise for the microelectronics industry. "Atomic-scale computing researchers today are in much the same position as transistor inventors were before 1947", says Joachim. "No one knows where this will lead."

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at February 1, 2009 10:45 PM
category: Technology Industry

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