Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2012 22:53 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "A group of researchers has fabricated a single-atom transistor by introducing one phosphorous atom into a silicon lattice. Through the use of a scanning tunnelling microscope and hydrogen-resist lithography, Martin Fuechsle et al. placed the phosphorous atom precisely between very thin silicon leads, allowing them to measure its electrical behavior. The results show clearly that we can read both the quantum transitions within the phosphorous atom and its transistor behavior. No smaller solid-state devices are possible, so systems of this type reveal the limit of Moore's law - the prediction about the miniaturization of technology - while pointing toward solid-state quantum computing devices."
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RE: We can (well I can't)
by zima on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 08:51 UTC in reply to "We can (well I can't)"
zima
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2005-07-06

Strings are not particles sort of by definition; and there wouldn't be "smaller" beyond elementary ones. 3D chips aren't about miniaturisation (plus I believe they have the usual, if not more severe, power dissipation issues)

But yeah, we can(tm) - look how we're finally, after over 2k years, on the verge of getting around Archimedes' Law!
Hm, or maybe not.

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