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August 9th, 2010
Nanotechnology evokes images of carbon nanotubes, buckyballs and similar. But Professor Asen Asenov, leader of the Device Modelling Group at the University of Glasgow, has a combative view of what constitutes nanotechnology and how it differs from nanoelectronics. "What the UK considers to be nanotechnology is everything but cmos, but the initiatives are trying to support things that are thought to be electronics. I believe that cmos is true nanoelectronics."
In Prof Asenov's opinion: "This is right in the middle of nanotechnology, where devices have dimensions of less than 100nm."
Prof Asenov believes that nanoelectronics is seen as part of the 'nanotechnology vision' in Europe and he ascribes that to the UK having 'no real semiconductor manufacturing industry'.
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