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Self-assembling Polymer Arrays Improve Data Storage Potential


August 14, 2008

Photo of template with nanoscale silicon pillars. The ability to shrink devices by using the same types of lithographic materials, tools and strategies is reaching technical limits. A new technique, reported in the August 15 issue of Science, involves novel self-assembling block copolymers, demonstrating a patterning technology that may revolutionize the field. The new technique offers performance improvements over existing methods, while reducing the time and cost of manufacturing. Full Story

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