|I've written before on Intel's
Nano Inside, and EE Times' report, Top chip makers
tout nanotechnology, expands a bit more on these ideas.
Bourianoff said there's a "push-pull relationship" between the silicon industry and nanotechnology. He said carbon nanotubes and nanowires may extend CMOS scaling down to the 1 to 3 nm range. At the same time, he noted, the silicon manufacturing infrastructure is an ideal platform for enabling nanotechnology.
Cellucci was brought
on board in late 2002 to, essentially, force the company to "get
real" and start selling products after the initial hype surrounding
Zyvex (one of the first nanotech companies to launch) had died down. I
had assumed, then, that Cellucci would sluff off the "molecular
assember" question, clear his throat and attempt to change the
subject. So, of course, I asked the question. His answer surprised me.
Cellucci: Oh, no. No, we still are holding true to
the long-term vision
of developing a molecular assembler. What we've done, though, is we've
gotten more detailed in what that technology development pathway needs
to be, what capabilities we need to build and at the same time we
looked at unsatisfied need in the marketplace.
For example, we needed to develop a nanomanipulation capability. We needed to move things at the nanoscale. Well, we found out that there were a lot of companies, large companies like GE, Intel, Hewlett Packard, our customers today, who were doing R&D in nanotech, and very much could use these tools. That's how we launched the nanomanipulator line."
More on the silicon/small tech marriage will appear in the March/April issue of Small Times magazine.
Intel's 'Nano Inside'
The Electric Kool-Aid Nano Test
Thursday, February 05, 2004
Posted by Howard Lovy at 2/05/2004 08:19:00 AM