David Kirkpatrick

February 4, 2009

Quantum dots and better computers

From KurzweilAI.net— Very cool Single-atom quantum dots made of silicon. This nanotech breakthrough has very real implications in improving computer performance by reducing both size and power consumption.

Single Atom Quantum Dots Bring Real Devices Closer
PhysOrg.com, Jan. 27, 2009

Scientists at Edmonton’s National Institute for Nanotechnology have invented quantum dots less than a nanometer in diameter and containing only one atom of silicon.

By controlling electrons at a smaller scale than transistors, the quantum dots could allow for silicon-based computers 1,000 times smaller in size and with a 1,000-times reduction in power consumption.

 
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