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[SFC] Transistor Made Using a Single Atom May Help Beat Moore's Law

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Scientists have taken a first early step toward escaping the limits of a technological principle called Moore's Law by creating a working transistor using a single phosphorus atom.
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Moore's law states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles every 18 months to two years, and it's predicted to reach its limit with existing technology in 2020. Cutting the size of a transistor to a single atom may defeat that concept.
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We really decided 10 years ago to start this program to try and make single-atom devices as fast as we could, and beat that law," said Michelle Simmons, director of ARC Center for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales, Australia. "So here we are in 2012, and we've made a single-atom transistor roughly 8 to 10 years ahead of where the industry is going to be.

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My word - that sounds great! Except for the -391 F part. But why phosphorous atoms? What about them makes them the most suited to do this?

Screw nanoengineering - we're on the precipice of picoengineering!
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At least we won't have to worry about overheating what with our transistors staying at a toasty -391F just to function properly. rolleyes.gif
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Already posted: http://www.overclock.net/t/1217983/nytimes-physicists-create-a-working-transistor-from-a-single-atom (different source but pretty much correlates to the same subject matter)
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At least we won't have to worry about overheating what with our transistors staying at a toasty -391F just to function properly. rolleyes.gif

Thanks for mentioning, I watched the video and they didn't mention they were cooling the transistor I was like "ah they finally found a way to make quantum processor working ambient"!

This technology is mainly for scientist where our computing power is limited by the bit (basic unit of information, 0 or 1).
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