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November 16th, 2006

Venture Panel Debates Opportunities

Addressing the question of whether nanotechnology would create a breakthrough that could change the playing field, Stanford’s Plummer sounded a pessimistic note. “The CMOS switching element has been highly refined,” he said. “There is nothing on the horizon right now that could replace it. I don’t mean that we don’t know enough about any of the nano-scale devices to be sure they could succeed. It’s that we now know enough about them to prove that they cannot be better than CMOS switches. If nanotechnology is going to create a breakthrough, it will require a complete reorganization of the way we create systems, in order to base them on something other than the logic switch.”


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