Quantum and other unexplored effects need to be harnessed to successfully navigate the pitfalls of atomic scale computing devices, according to industry, academia and government, who are all starting to put their heads together on this problem. The six grant allotted this week are but a few of the pinoneering efforts worldwide to shrink electronic devices down to the atomic scale. Look for quantum computers and ultra-dense memory devices as a result these ongoing efforts within five years. RColinJohnson @NextGenLog
National Science Foundation's concept of renewing nano centers.
Here is what EETimes says about nano: Nanoscale electronics research will be funded through $2 million in grants from Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) and the National Science Foundation. The grants were awarded to six existing NSF Centers at U.S. universities. Twenty-four earlier grants were awarded as part of the five-year old public-private partnership program, SRC (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) said. The overall aim of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative is to spur collaboration among industry, academic and government researchers pursuing nanoscale switching technology to replace traditional silicon transistor within the next decade. The hope is that by building a foundation for transistor alternatives, like quantum mechanics, continued performance enhancements, power reduction and device shrinkage can continue uninterrupted. Full Text: http://bit.ly/NextGenLog-ca7Z
Cognitive computers—cognizers—aim to instill human-like intelligence into our smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices using microchips that emulate the human brain. Dubbed the “Future of Computing” by the NYTimes, one of the “Best Innovation Moments of 2011” by the Washington Post and one of “10 World Changing Ideas” in a Scientific American cover story “A Computer Chip that Thinks” this book reveals how neuroscience and computer science are merging in a new era of intelligent machines light-years beyond Apple's Siri, IBM's Watson.