Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CHIPS# NSF# SRC# Grants Extend Nano Research Effort

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.
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