Scientists make a working transistor from a single atom

Cross continental researchers from the University of New South Wales, Purdue University, and the University of Melbourne have managed to create a working one-atom transistor. This astounding computing feat occurs some 58 years after the creation of the first silicon transistors.

“But for a single-atom transistor to be utilized in computers and other devices for practical use, requires the ability to isolate and situate a single atom accurately onto a silicon chip. According to nanotechnology journal Nature Nanotechnology, however, this is precisely what the researchers have done.”

“The milestone achievements of the Australian universities in conjunction with Purdue, brings mankind one step closer to the practicality of manufacturing quantum computers. Amazingly, the team has also defied Moore’s Law (based on a statement by Gordon Moore to Electronics Magazine in 1965), which estimates the rate at which the number of transistors that can fit on a single circuit will double. Following the rate of doubling every 18 months to two years, Moore’s Law predicts that a working single-atom transistor would be created by 2020. Today, thanks to researchers, this mind-blowing benchmark has been achieved about eight years earlier than anticipated.”

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