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Creating new advanced R&D tools that can build molecule-sized computer chips
Date:6/28/2011

The Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a research institute of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), hosts the first AtMol workshop for the world's experts in the advanced tools needed to build a molecule-sized chip. IMRE is the perfect venue as it houses one of the few R&D tools in the world that is powerful enough to study single molecule logic gates and surface atom circuit logic gates, which are essential in building the chip.

1. Singapore, 28 June 2011 Tools that are able to build computer chips 1000 times smaller than a grain of sand. That's what experts from around the world will be talking about when they gather at A*STAR's IMRE for a workshop on atomic scale interconnection machines. The tools are vital to the European Union's 10 million Atomic Scale and Single Molecule Logic Gate Technologies, or AtMol project in which IMRE is the only non-EU partner. The project lays the foundation for creating and testing a molecule-sized processor chip.

2. These tools physically move atoms into place one at a time to construct atomic scale circuits at cryogenic temperatures and are also able to interconnect the tiny circuits to the external environment. The machines are essentially miniature high precision scanning tunnelling microscopes that can image a surface with picometer precision and manipulate one atom or molecule at a time. They are coupled to a high-resolution electron microscope that allows a researcher to position interconnects to make an atomic scale circuit. This method is a leading alternative in the race to achieve continued miniaturisation of nanoelectronic devices. It is estimated that conventional methods for shrinking devices will reach their miniaturisation limit in 10-15 years and cannot be reduced further. Speakers from Europe, USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and Singapore will discuss advancements in such ultra-high vacuum (UHV) tools and plans for the next generation tools.'/>"/>

Contact: Eugene Low
loweom@scei.a-star.edu.sg
656-874-8491
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
Source:Eurekalert

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