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Posted: February 21, 2007
Nanotechnology breaks the 10-nanometer chip design rule
(Nanowerk News) Korean researchers are going all-out to develop semiconductors adopting the much-touted 10-nanometer design rule.
Flash memory cards using the ultra-slim technology will be able to store data equivalent to 64,000 years of a 40-page daily. But the 10-nanometer design rule is regarded as dream technology as it has been deemed as almost impossible to achieve.
Leading the project are Prof. Choi Hee-cheul of Pohang University of Science and Technology and Kim Hyun-tak of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).
Choi employed carbon nanotubes to successfully etch circuits that are thinner than 10 nanometers on the face of silicon wafers.
"As far as we know, we broke a 10-nanometer barrier for the first time in history. We could make a breakthroughs after finding surface chemical reactions of carbon nanotubes," Choi said.
"We hope this carbon nanotube-based technology will help crank out 10-nanometer memory chips. Toward that end, we are currently cooperating with U.S. venture start-ups," he said.