Stan Williams, an HP Senior Fellow, participated in a panel discussion about how nanotechnology is changing the course of computing sponsored by The Kavli Foundation. The ensuing discussion was broad and not so deep, but did reveal some of the progress that HP is making with Hynix Semiconductor to commercialize the memristor: R. Colin Johnson
Stan Williams, Hewlett-Packard Senior Fellow and director of the company's Cognitive Systems Laboratory.
Here is what the The Kavli Foundation says about its panel discussion: Most news stories focused on the miniscule size of these new devices, and how they might keep Moore's Law (which states that shrinking chip device size doubles computing power every 18 months) hurtling through the next decade or two.
Yet there is another story here: These breakthroughs show how, after more than a decade of research advances, scientists and technologists are learning to measure and manipulate matter to create fundamentally different electronic devices.
The Kavli Foundation brought together three experts to discuss what makes those devices unique, how nanotechnology is likely to affect computing, and whether we have the research infrastructure necessary to commercialize today's latest nanoelectronic findings.
Michelle Simmons, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, University of New South Wales. She recently demonstrated single-atom transistors and 4-atom-wide nano wires.
Paul Weiss, Kavli Professor at UCLA and Director of the California NanoSystems Institute. The Institute's goals are to advance and speed the commercialization of nanotechnology.
Stan Williams, Hewlett-Packard Senior Fellow and director of the company's Cognitive Systems Laboratory. He is currently supporting efforts to manufacture mass-market memristor-based memory, build extremely large and sensitive sensor networks, and develop nanoscale devices that manipulate light