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Denser, More Powerful Computer Chips Possible With Plasmonic Lenses That 'Fly'

October 22, 2008

schematic of plasmonic lithography University of California, Berkeley, engineers are reporting a new way of creating computer chips that could revitalize optical lithography, a patterning technique that dominates modern integrated circuits manufacturing. The researchers say this development could lead to ultra-high density disks that can hold 10 to 100 times more data than disks today. Full Story

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