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October 3rd, 2007
If CMOS is the future, do nanotechnologies stand a chance?
But CMOS remains alive and well in its endless fight with Moore's law. So, with CMOS' dominance of integrated circuits (ICS) will nanotechnologies ever play a part?
Not for a while. CMOS will remain the dominant technology for ICs. It seems the proverbial wall won't be hit by until 2020, or before the "show stopper" is met as the article terms it.
Research in carbon nanotubes and nanowires are exhibiting promise in creating basic logic elements. And there are even organic transistors that may be somewhat further off.
But the problem, of course, is not just making a carbon nanotube transistor, but connecting millions of them together, not to mention making each one of these types of transistors is a laborious and expensive process.
But over the next decade nanotechnology-based solutions may be able to lend a hand to CMOS. Over the next decade we may see hybrid systems where nanotubes (or other nanotechnologies) are combined with CMOS.
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