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IBM: New Microprocessors Built by“¦DNA?

IBM researchers, working with Paul W. K . Rothemund of Cal Tech are working on a new way of building chips: arranging DNA origami structures on microprocessors that are compatible with semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

Their research looks to preserve Moore's Law, which says that every two years the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles. For four decades, Moore's Law (named for Intel's founder, Gordon Moore) has held true, but with chip geometries shrinking to 22 nanometers by 2014, the rising costs will “[alter] the fundamental economics of the industry“ according to a June report by iSuppli.

By combining existing assembly technology and self-assembling DNA nanotechnology, IBM believes that major savings could be realized in what is historically the most expensive phase of chip manufacture.

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