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Morphic Architectures: Atomic-Level Limits

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 2011

Ralph Cavin
Affiliation:
ralph.cavin@src.org, Semiconductor Research Corp., Research Operations, 1101 Slater Rd., Durham, NC, 27703, United States
Victor Zhirnov
Affiliation:
zhirnov@src.org, Semiconductor Research Corp., 1101 Slater Rd., Durham, NC, 27703, United States
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Abstract

In this paper, we consider a thought problem intended to force consideration of fundamental limits for energy sources, sensors, computing elements, and communication systems as fundamental system dimensions are reduced to the few micron regime. Design of integrated systems at this level are shown to literally require the allocation of atoms for the various functions. We argue that although there are no fabrication technologies for systems on this scale and the tradeoffs between system functions are extreme, systems on this scale might be feasible; given end-of ITRS technologies.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2008

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