See Inside November 2005

Crossbar Nanocomputers

Crisscrossing assemblies of defect-prone nanowires could succeed today's silicon-based circuit

In a little over half a century, the number of transistors on a silicon chip

has grown from just one to nearly a billion--an accomplishment celebrated as Moore's Law. By greatly enhancing digital machines' ability to crunch numbers, execute logical operations and store data, this unprecedented manufacturing success has enabled revolutionary changes in our day-to-day lives while spawning one of the planet's largest and most influential industries.

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