David Kirkpatrick

March 19, 2008

NIST preps bridge to molecular electronics

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From KurzweilAI.net:

NIST team proves bridge from conventional to molecular electronics possible
KurzweilAI.net, March 19, 2008Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have set the stage for building an “evolutionary link” between the microelectronics of today (built from semiconductor compounds) and future generations of devices, made largely from complex organic molecules, by assembling the devices on the same kind of substrate used in conventional microchips.
Side and top view of NIST molecular resistor

The ability to use a silicon crystal substrate compatible with the industry-standard CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) manufacturing technology paves the way for hybrid CMOS-molecular device circuitry. This, in turn, is a necessary precursor to a “beyond CMOS” totally molecular technology.

National Institute of Standards and Technology News Release