When Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed in 1965 that the number of transistors on a chip had been doubling every year or so, he predicted that the trend would continue for at least another decade. He was only partly right – transistor density has continued to increase even faster than Moore expected. But his prediction has come to be known as Moore's Law in his honor nonetheless. This week, researchers at Roswell Biotechnologies announced the development of the world's first molecular electronics chip – finally realizing a 50-year-old goal. Could this be the beginning of the end for traditional silicon chips?
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Why is this important?
Molecular Electronics Chips just might be the future of computing. The current trend in chip development is to pack more and more transistors onto a single chip, but at a certain point, the number of transistors will no longer be able to increase. This is where Molecular Electronics Chips come into play. They can potentially hold thousands of times more transistors than traditional chips! As technology advances, it seems that molecular electronics may become the new standard in computing. Even better, molecular electronics chips can be made using standard 3D printing techniques, which means they could be mass-produced relatively cheaply. So far, however, these chips have only been demonstrated in the lab, so it will be some time before they make their way into consumer devices. But when they do, they could revolutionize the way we use technology. Who knows maybe our smartphones will one day have Molecular Electronics Chips inside them!
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