Scientists at Hewlett-Packard have demonstrated that a layer of molecules just three-billionths of a meter thick can help store data during a computing operation without using traditional semiconductors, adding another piece to a portfolio of technology HP is assembling to perhaps one day construct computers that harness the strange effects of quantum mechanics.
In their recently published paper, the researchers report that they've built a functioning "crossbar latch": an electronic switch that can flip a binary 0 to a 1 and vice versa. This is made possible without the electronic transistors that make up the computers you and I are used to.
Nanotech remains an up-and-coming area, with AT&T, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft all researching its future application into computing.
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