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IBM characterizes single-atom DRAM

Sep 24, 2010, 15:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Colin Johnson)

"The ultimate memory chips of the future will encode bits on individual atoms, a capability recently demonstrated for iron atoms by IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., which unveiled a new pulsed technique for scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs).

"Pulsed-STMs yield nanosecond time-resolution, a requirement for designing the atomic-scale memory chips, solar panels and quantum computers of the future.

""My hope is that we can spawn a great following doing nanosecond time resolution and atomic-scale spatial resolution with their STMs," said Andreas Heinrich, a physicist in the IBM's Almaden Lab"

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